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Proverbs 17:8 AMP

Ok, this whole fascination that Solomon seems to have with.bribes is a bit unnerving to me. There are places where he seems to be encouraging them.  He’s the king, should he really be encouraging them?  Realizing that he was already stunningly rich and everything else we see in his writings we should start to understand that the word for bribe in these verses is not exactly what we know as bribery today. Not to take anything away from the truth of these verses in light of the giving of gifts to gain influence or a desired result, that is definitely in the use of the word, but there is a unique, fuller meaning to it as well. The word here used for “ precious stone” literally means, “a stone of grace”. Now I like that. It dazzles the mind of those who see it. It affects their perspective. It can be given to calm a mad person or to show someone we are truly their friend. Some theologians believe Solomon is telling us it is wise to be gracious to those we want to reassure of our friendship and loyalty. The gift can be a kind word, a following through on a commitment or anything, including a real gift, that express the value we see in them. I am a huge fan of “stones of grace” or “precious gems” as it also translates. Most certainly a kind gift to a friend is a beautiful thing. Today share stones of grace with someone and watch God enrich their spirit…and yours. #BeTheEdge


“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬