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Proverbs 17:9 can be seen as either as a positive or negative. I did some looking up because I wanted to see the Hebrew word supporting the English word “fault.” At first I was thinking, before I did any looking up, that there is a difference between a fault and a sin. I was moving toward the things people comment on or criticize when someone does not do an activity or ritual the same way we do something, then we criticize them. However, that word translated “fault” in the NLT is not the word denoting sin, but transgression and it still is a “wrong.”

"Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends."

If the “fault” you are disregarding is a criminal act so that “love” can be preserved, than what has happened is an accessory after the fact to a crime (according to the judicial/criminal codes in most jurisdictions in the United States.) If the person loves to pick their teeth in public and it drives you crazy but the person is righteous, than disregarding, their fault is needful to keep the relationship.

Many of us enter relationships/marriages out of a touchy/feely kind of emotional distrubance love (I think the loved used here is the love with feelings and not the love as a verb type love) that covers “faults” which need to be exposed before we say, “I do.” Once this kind of love ceases, then all the faults that have been there all the time, will pop up like goose bumps on a skinny dipper diving into 30° water (2 below Celsius)

Just my thoughts,
Ramona

Interesting point, Ramona. I think more of like the story and Noah and his three sons and the time Ham caught him naked and passed out and he chose to tell brothers instead of cover offense. That could have avoided a whole host of wrongs! And we get quick to "tell" out of interest rather than true helpfulness and innocence. We sometimes want to be told something so we can "pray" about it when in reality we want to tell others what they are going through as a ..yeah. I was told to pray for them when it should be concealed and just between you and God. Just my thoughts! Be blessed

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