Sunday, February 10, 2013

Little with peace is better than wealth with fighting

Proverbs 17:1

17 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Strife can diminish the rich person ability to enjoy their wealth . And the lives of those who have little can actually be better if their godly character provides peace in the home.

Lets take a look at the poor person first. His portions are poor both in quantity and in quality. It is poor in quantity since the word "morsel" is used. It is poor in quality since the word "dry" is used.

In contrast the rich person has both quality and quantity. Quantity is clear by the word "full" and quality seems to be implied the word "feasting". One would think of moist, not dry, food that is flavorful when feasting.

It seems to be implied that the poor person is godly while the rich person is disobedient. The poor person in this verse has developed relationship skills that keeps the home at peace. While the rich person's selfish character puts him at odds with those around him

But the main point that I get out of this verse is that wealth can't be fully enjoyed without the development of godly character. And developing a godly character will yield me a better life whether I have little or much. 

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