"In the above Scripture, it is the voice of a father giving instructions to his son. Before you or I have a mental disassociation with the scenario in the previous five verses, let us view the passage as God, our heavenly Father, speaking directly to us..."
"Again, in Proverbs 26:17, wordplay uses the image of grabbing a stray dog by the ears to describe the foolishness of getting involved in matters that don’t concern you. One real-life example of this proverb can be seen in workplace conflicts."
"We can always find excuses not to take action; especially when our past efforts were futile. Past disappointments have a way of paralyzing us, and before we know it, we are saying words similar to the slacker in Proverb 22:23."
"I strongly emphasize that wisdom and discipline are critical components in the acquisition of knowledge and making of wise decisions, and the rejection of those elements in one’s life can lead to many sorrows."
"Worshiping God is the first step towards acquiring this type of knowledge and wisdom. The fear of the Lord mentioned in verse seven does not refer to fear in the sense of danger or punishment but rather deep respect and reverence for God’s power and authority."