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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 17

17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.
17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
17:5 Whoso mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
17:7 Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: anywhere it turns, it prospers.
17:9 He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates very friends.
17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
17:13 Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes guarantor in the presence of his friend.
17:19 He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.
17:20 He that has a perverse heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
17:21 He that bring forths a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.
17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
17:27 He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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