Wisdom of Solomon #17

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 17:8 (KJV)

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.



The word gift in the Hebrew has the meaning of a reward, a present, a donation, or even bribe (some translations use the word bribe).

The word precious means favour, kindness, grace, loveliness and preciousness.  The most frequent expression of this word in the Bible is, “Find favour in the eyes of…”


  • This gift, therefore, is a gift of grace, favour and kindness.
  • The possessor of such a gift will be prosperous, according to Solomon.


The NT speaks of a few gifts:

  • Jesus said He is the gift of God. (John 4:10)
  • The Spirit of God – whom are not limited to only the Prophets, Priests and Kings (of the OT) – but can be received by all of God’s children, is a gift. (Acts 2:38, 8:20)
  • There are the  spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 1:11, 1Corinthians 12:4,8-11, Hebrews 2:4)
  • Eternal life is a gift from God. (Romans 6:23)


Jesus knew these gifts would open doors for His disciples, more than any earthly gift could do.

Those who received these gifts became prosperous.


Matthew 10:1, (NIV) He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.


  • In a worldly system which revolves around money, we neglect the gift(s) of God within us and think prosperity is measured by our financial status.
  • May we heed to the words of Paul… Neglect not the gift that is in thee… and stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…” (1 Timothy 4:14, 2Timothy 1:6)


May we meditate on the treasures we have within.

May we use all of it for the prosperity of those around us.

May we be accounted faithful with the gifts given to us.




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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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