Wisdom from above is …
• … first pure. (v. 17a)
If I’m wise, I won’t compromise my integrity.
“He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest (godly). He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.” (Proverbs 2:7) [NLT]
• … then peace. (17b)
If I’m wise, I won’t antagonize your anger.
“It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.” (Proverbs 20:3)
• … gentle. (v. 17c)
If I’m wise, I won’t minimize your feelings.
“The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
• … compliant. (v. 17d)
If I’m wise, I won’t criticize your suggestions.
“The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.” (Proverbs 18:15)
• … full of mercy and good fruits. (v. 17e)
If I’m wise, I won’t emphasize your mistakes.
“Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends.” (Proverbs 17:9) [LB]
• … without favoritism and hypocrisy. (v. 17f)
If I’m wise, I won’t disguise my intentions.
“The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.” (v. 18)