Themes in Proverbs: A Divided House

Proverbs 15:17

Better is a dish of vegetables where love is

Than a fattened ox served with hatred.


What is a divided house? The proverbs writer teaches us that a house with hatred and contentions makes for a divided house. Our homes should be places where we thrive, where we cherish and nourish each other. Hatred and stress, tear us down and make us sick both physically but also spiritually.

Proverbs 15:17 gives us a possible remedy to the issue of this ungodly household. The remedy to many of our problems is material possessions, it is a problem of money. When we compare the two options, a dish of vegetables or a fattened ox, most would take the latter.

This verse implies that things, material possession and wealth, are not what makes us love one another. The divided household exist, in part by selfishness. Are we willing to sacrifice anything in order to achieve peace in our homes? If so, shouldn’t we work toward that?