Proverbs 17:2

A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
– Proverbs 17:2

While possible, a servant rarely advanced beyond being a servant. A wise servant could merit reward (Proverbs 14:35). The emphasis of the proverb is on the son that causeth shame. He is disinherited because of his foolishness and shall see the servant advance beyond him (Proverbs 11:29). Proverbs has many warnings to foolish sons and the consequences of their folly (Proverbs 10:5; 19:26).

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Proverbs 13:18

Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored.
– Proverbs 13:18

This proverb is a truism of outcomes in life. The word for shame points to disgrace, or dishonor, and poverty is just that. This comes to one who refuses instruction, which is discipline including correction. Despising instruction is the proverbial characteristic of the fool (Proverbs 1:7). The contrast is to regard reproof. To regard is to keep or give heed. The word for reproof leans more to the correction. Such correction is an indispensable part of acquiring wisdom (Proverbs 15:5, 31-32; 9:9; 25:12).

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Proverbs 13:5

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
– Proverbs 13:5

The righteous deal in honesty. They hate, or make themselves the enemy of lying. So the righteous abominate what is false (Proverbs 6:17). The contrast is with the person of the wicked man. The word for loathsome means to stink and shame means to blush. The wicked deal and trade in lies and slander and come to shame (Proverbs 3:35; 6:12-14; 16:27-28).

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Proverbs 11:2

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
– Proverbs 11:2

The word for pride indicates a high arrogance, or hubris. It speaks of one who must have his own way, and Proverbs points out the end of that way is shame, or disgrace, and elsewhere destruction (Proverbs 16:18; 18:12). The word for lowly means humility and it is the way of wisdom. Humility with wisdom is better than great riches (Proverbs 16:19). Humility always precedes any true promotion (Proverbs 15:33).

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Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
– Proverbs 3:35

Wise rounds out the threefold description of the blessed. They are just (v. 33), lowly (v. 34), and wise (v.35). They shall inherit or come into glory. Fools mock and scorn and scoff at wisdom and extol shame. Shame, or disgrace, shall be their end. This verse brings us back to the two ways and two ends. The issues of wisdom and folly are the issues of life and death.

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