Love Hidden has Little Value – Proverbs 27

Which is better, to be corrected when I’m wrong or to be loved by someone who hides it from me? Well, normally I would have said that love is better than anything. Perhaps this proverb is telling me that correcting a friend’s error is a truer demonstration of love.

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” Proverbs 27:5 NIV

This proverb requires me to think a little more than I normally do about a verse. To me “never satisfied” means that as long as there is death, or as long as there is destruction, it will always want more. And humans always long for more.

“Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.” 26:20

I attended a memorial service a few hours ago and I agree, I want more. One more day to see a sunrise, one more flower to smell, one more relationship to mend, one more task to complete. These aren’t quite the same as death and destruction but I think the principle holds. Until I admit that my life is finished, I will always want more.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis