Proverbs 17: King James Bible
Laws and Wisdom – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verses 11-15
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Laws and Wisdom
Throughout my whole life, verse 12 up above has always stuck with me. Not too sure why that would be. aside for the fact that I used to watch Animal Planet growing up, and had a good understanding of what could happen to anyone that gets in-between a mother bear and her cubs.
Perhaps that’s what it is, either that or the Lord was giving me a heads up early on. But I digress.
Verses 12, 14, and 15, are both wisdom pieces of scripture. But verses 11 and 13 aren’t verses of wisdom or even warning, but declaration of laws.
In 11 & 13, we find terms like “therefore,” and “shall not.” These are laws given to us, not to simply allow us to avoid the consequences of whatever law is broken, kicking off the punishment end of it all. Considering that we find these tucked in a book that is meant for believers, we should broaden our scope.
What I mean is, if these things may not pertain to us, by virtue of us being in a relationship with the Father, and are actively seeking to do his will, then perhaps verses like these are meant for us to understand, in order to better diagnose what’s going on with someone else? Not to judge the person, but to explain the sequence of events that may have lead them to their current predicament.
There are many of these types of verses in Proverbs. When we come across a verse that we find doesn’t apply to us individually, it doesn’t mean that we’ll never need that information in the future. It could just be, we are mean to use it to help someone else out.
Above, we can see what to expect when someone is dealing with rebellion. We can also see the results of rewarding someone evil for good. If evil hasn’t left someone’s house, we know (at least to introduce the idea) what might have given license for whatever the evil is, to stay.
The wisdom verses above, are wonderful lessons, that we should all be paying attention to. Avoid contention, don’t get caught up with a fool in his folly, and don’t find yourself condemning the just, and justifying the wicked.
The Lord uses the abomination word again in verse 15. As we’ve discusses in the past, whenever we see the Lord using this word for any reason, we should pay close attention, so that we never find ourselves partaking of anything that the Father finds abominable.
Related New Testament Scripture
Philippians 2: King James Bible
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
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.
James 3: King James Bible
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
1 Peter 3: King James Bible
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Thank you for opening our eyes to your Word, and for the understanding that you’ve allowed to be shared among us, your children. Help us Father, to always be mindful of what you will and what you don’t, so that we may not be found routing against you or your ways. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
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