Pro 17:24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Pro 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
Pro 17:26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong.
Pro 17:27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Pro 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
We are chugging right along, even with Christmas and New Year's! This is the second time in just a few verses it is pointed out that a foolish son is a problem for his parents. Just think about all the problematic kids, young adults, and even adults you know. It is so true!
I try to remember verse 27, as it goes back to keeping silent when we usually want to talk! Apparently telling someone off is not what they deserve or what we should do, no matter what the world tells us. We'll look better if we just keep our mouths shut, even if it is for all the wrong reasons. Even a fool who says nothing looks wise!