A Foolish Son

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 17 P. 240 – A Foolish Son

Proverbs 17: King James Bible

A Foolish Son – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verses 25-26

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Foolish Son

We’ve got a foolish son and his parents in verse 25. Then on to rewarding wicked for good in verse 26. I’ll break this devotional into two different sections to cover both verses.

Foolish Kids

I’d like to start off with the first verse in the list, and point out that this might only apply to wise parents, that happen to have a foolish son. I say that, because foolish parents wouldn’t be so grieved by their child’s foolishness.

In many circumstances, they take pleasure in smearing their own foolishness upon the child. For example, think of all the videos out there, where parents think it’s so cute to see their little one, flipping the bird, swearing, saying perverse things, etc.. What I say can be completely backed up, by the video evidence that these proud parents put on display.

As a former child who was a grief to his father, and a cause for bitterness to the bones of she who bore me, I can agree with this verse. And as a parent who has had my share of grievances at the hand of my children doing foolish things, I can vouch for the validity of the verse from that end of the spectrum as well.

I would advise any expecting parents, or parents with young children, to start as soon as possible, getting into the Word of God with your kids. And would especially recommend that you look up and write down a list of all the parenting verses that exist in the Bible. Then do them to the best of your ability prayerfully.

The kids are being spiritually assaulted through every gate available, and it doesn’t get any better when they get to school, believe me.

Punishing the Just

Moving on, we get to punishing the just. This is referred to in a different verse as rewarding evil for good, and good for evil. This is something that is so plain in meaning, but we tend to take it in several shades of grey, instead of black and white.

For example, if someone was just lent you 50 dollars, and you punched him in the face, this is a black and white example of punishing the just. He did something to aid you, and you struck him in return.

But what if you didn’t strike him, but just took the money, and never paid him back? Not as bad as the example above, muddying the waters a small amount, but it is still clear, that as long as you don’t pay the guy back, you’re wronging him.

Okay, what if you took the money, and eventually paid him some of it back, but that was it? Not as black and white, because you did give him something, just not everything that is owed. Not so bad right?

The Lord does not see anything in shades of grey, as it would relate to right and wrong. He’d say you’re just as much at fault until the last penny is returned, with interest if required.

So, if we want to stay on the correct end of verse 26, we need to be careful of the little things that we tend to give less attention to. So often we look to make sure we don’t do the big things (robbing a bank, killing someone, adultery, etc.), that we forget that the Lord cares about all of it, the great things and the small more mundane things.

Related New Testament Scripture

Matthew 7: King James Bible

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

1 Thessalonians 5: King James Bible

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Matthew 19: King James Bible

14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Ephesians 6: King James Bible

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Colossians 3: King James Bible

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.



Thank you for all of the truth that is to be found in your Word, and for opening our eyes to see it. Lord, even if we were good children to our earthly parents, it is possible that we can be your foolish child, and cause you to grieve. Should there ever be an occasion that we grieve you Lord, please forgive us, and let us know by way of conviction of the Holy Ghost, so that we may know not to repeat whatever the offence is, be it a great or small matter. We aim to be better servants unto you, and to put a smile on your face. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Have you ever noticed that it is much more pleasing to the flesh and sin nature to be a foolish son? Certainly not an accident.

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