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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,

True Ramona, I have heard of several friends who have married for the goosebumps and leave with faults that really were there the entire time.. hmm

Ok 1 kings 15:25-17:24

A long section and really the same thing went round and round..Israel couldn't keep a king for many years before it was off with his head! King Asa of Judah still kicking though..he's probably got some stories of the eye witness report of the crazies going in and out of Jerusalem (or Tirzah, or samaria) wow

Got to end with the worst King Ahab and wife Jezebel..
And also see Elijah..and the widow with the son who died and was raised. Hallelujah

Then we get to Acts 10:24-48
Peter and Cornelius..again preaching to the gentiles..God opened that one up

Also lesson u can't pour new wine into old wineskins..

Psalm 134:1-3 do we ever give thanks to those who work at night? While we sleep that keep us safe? Wow.. Maybe we should

Proverbs 17:9-11
Disregarding another person's faults preserves love, telling about them, separates friends. Yes!! Love your peeps and love warts and all! Amen

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