Chapter 17

PRO.17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
PRO.17:2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
PRO.17:3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.
PRO.17:4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
PRO.17:5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
PRO.17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father.
PRO.17:7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.
PRO.17:8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
PRO.17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
PRO.17:10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool.
PRO.17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
PRO.17:12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
PRO.17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
PRO.17:14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
PRO.17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
PRO.17:16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?
PRO.17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
PRO.17:18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.
PRO.17:19 He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
PRO.17:20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
PRO.17:21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
PRO.17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
PRO.17:23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice.
PRO.17:24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
PRO.17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
PRO.17:26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
PRO.17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
PRO.17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.


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