Proverbs 17:6-7

6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,

   and parents are the pride of their children.

7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—

   how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

 

 Good parents spend years making sacrifices on behalf of their children, who don’t fully understand what their parents have done for them until they have children of their own. Becoming a parent allows one to appreciate what one’s own parents went through, and understand why they did what they did. Finally the grandparents get the respect they’ve earned, and are sought after for help and advice. While children are a blessing to their parents, they can also be very demanding. Grandparents are exempt from many of the demands – much of their work is done – yet they share in the joy of new life.

 “Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!” It does not matter how well you say something, if what you are saying is foolish. Just as simple speech can be profound, eloquent speech can be empty. It is better to listen to what a person says, than to be distracted by how they say it. Eloquence and authority are respected at first, but without wisdom and integrity they are eventually despised. The eloquent fool and the lying ruler may deceive for a time, but eventually they will get what they deserve. Seek wisdom before eloquence, integrity before power, and you will never have to worry about being exposed.

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