Proverbs 17:2
New International Version
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

New Living Translation
A wise servant will rule over the master's disgraceful son and will share the inheritance of the master's children.

English Standard Version
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

Berean Study Bible
A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers.

New American Standard Bible
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

King James Bible
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

Christian Standard Bible
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among brothers.

Contemporary English Version
A wise slave will be placed in charge of a no-good child, and that slave will be given the same inheritance that each child receives.

Good News Translation
A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master's worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among brothers.

International Standard Version
A prudent servant will rule in place of a disgraceful son and will share in the inheritance among brothers.

NET Bible
A servant who acts wisely will rule over an heir who behaves shamefully, and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.

New Heart English Bible
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An intelligent Servant will be authorized over a disgraceful son, and he will divide property among brothers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise slave will become master over a son who acts shamefully, and he will share the inheritance with the brothers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that dealeth shamefully, And shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

New American Standard 1977
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A prudent slave shall have rule over a son that causes shame and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

King James 2000 Bible
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

American King James Version
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.

American Standard Version
A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A wise servant shall have rule over foolish masters, and shall divide portions among brethren.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren.

Darby Bible Translation
A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

English Revised Version
A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

World English Bible
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.

Young's Literal Translation
A wise servant ruleth over a son causing shame, And in the midst of brethren He apportioneth an inheritance.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
1Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers. 3A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.…
Cross References
Proverbs 17:1
Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 17:3
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.

Treasury of Scripture

A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.

wise

Proverbs 11:29
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Proverbs 14:35
The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Genesis 24:4
But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

that

Proverbs 10:5
He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Proverbs 19:26
He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.







Lexicon
A wise
מַשְׂכִּ֗יל (maś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

servant
עֶֽבֶד־ (‘e·ḇeḏ-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

will rule over
יִ֭מְשֹׁל (yim·šōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

a disgraceful
מֵבִ֑ישׁ (mê·ḇîš)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

son
בְּבֵ֣ן (bə·ḇên)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

and share
יַחֲלֹ֥ק (ya·ḥă·lōq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2505: To be smooth, to apportion, separate

his inheritance
נַחֲלָֽה׃ (na·ḥă·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5159: Something inherited, occupancy, an heirloom, an estate, patrimony, portion

as one of
וּבְת֥וֹךְ (ū·ḇə·ṯō·wḵ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

the brothers.
אַ֝חִ֗ים (’a·ḥîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )
(2) A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame. . . .--This was strikingly exhibited in the case of Ziba, who by his timely succour to David (2 Samuel 16), first gained all the property of his master, Mephibosheth (i.e., the "man of shame"), and was later confirmed in the possession of half of it. Slaves, especially those "born in the house," often rose to a position of great trust. (Comp. Genesis 24:2; Genesis 39:4-6.) Eliezer would have been Abraham's heir had not Isaac been born (Genesis 15:3).

Verse 2. - A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame. Here is intimated the supremacy of wisdom over folly and vice. The contrast is better emphasized by translating, A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that doeth shamefully; i.e. a son of his master. (For similar contrast between "wise" and "shameful," comp. Proverbs 10:5; Proverbs 14:35.) Slaves were often raised to high honour, and might inherit their master's possessions. Thus Abraham's servant, Eliezer of Damascus, was at one time considered the patriarch's heir (Genesis 15:2, 3); Ziba, Saul's servant, obtained the inheritance of his lord Mephibosheth ("the Shameful," 2 Samuel 16:4); Joseph was advanced to the highest post in Egypt. Ecclus. 10:25, "Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service; and he that is wise will not grudge when he is reformed." Septuagint, "A wise household servant shall rule over foolish masters." "I have seen," says Ecelesiastes (Ecclesiastes 10:7), "servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth." Shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren; shall share on equal terms with the sons of the house. This innovation on the usual disposition of property could happen only in the case of an abnormally intelligent and trusted slave. In 1 Chronicles 2:34, etc., mention is made of a case where a master, having no son, gave his daughter in marriage to a slave, and adopted him into the family. Delitzsch understands the clause to mean that the slave shall have the office of dividing his master's inheritance among the heirs, shall be the executor of his deceased master's will; but this explanation hardly seems to do justice to the merits of the "wise servant," and takes no account of the idea involved in "shameful son." But the Septuagint appears to countenance this view, rendering, "and among the brethren he shall divide the portions." 17:1 These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. 2. The wise servant is more deserving, and more likely to appear one of the family, than a profligate son. 3. God tries the heart by affliction. He thus has often shown the sin remaining in the heart of the believer.
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