There are some great ideas I need to take to heart in Proverbs 17. There are also some ancient descriptions of modern experiences. Here are some of them (TNIV):
Vs1: Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Just because you can afford to eat (or purchase) alot doesn't mean you are happy. Don't choose the feast over peace at home.
Vs6: Children's children are a crown to the aged...
Now I know why grandparents have more fun at birthday parties then the parents...
Vs7: Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool - how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
What? Hollywood and Washington are mentioned in the Bible? Why are we so tolerant of politicians who we know won't keep their promises?
Vs10: A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Here's how you know if you are a fool - you can't take a rebuke. But of course you can take a rebuke...
Vs14: Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; do drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
It's okay to be convinced you are right, you just don't have to require the other person to publicly agree with you. And it is okay to let someone walk away if they are angry.
Vs21 To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
Even back then the greatest crisis of a parent was a child who turned out wrong. And it was sometimes just as mysterious then as now. And painful. No wonder the OT spends so much time imploring parents to get wisdom.
Vs27 Those who have knowledge use words with restraint, and those who have understanding are even tempered.
This is what wise wives and mothers offer their family.
Vs28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
This is what young husbands and fathers need to learn sooner than later.