Proverbs 171 Better is a morsel with pleasure in peace, than a house full of many good things and unjust sacrifices, with strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over foolish masters, and shall divide portions among brethren. 3 As silver and gold are tried in a furnace, so are choice hearts with the Lord. 4 A bad man listens to the tongue of transgressors, but a righteous man attends not to false lips. 5 He that laughs at the poor provokes Him that made him, and he that rejoices at the destruction of another shall not be held guiltless; but he that has compassion shall find mercy. 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and their fathers are the glory of children. 6!A The faithful has the whole world full of wealth; but the faithless not even a farthing. 7 Faithful lips will not suit a fool; nor lying lips a just man. 8 Instruction is to them that use it a gracious reward; and wherever it may turn, it shall prosper. 9 He that conceals injuries seeks love, but he that hates to hide them separates friends and kindred. 10 A threat breaks down the heart of a wise man, but a fool, though scourged, understands not. 11 Every bad man stirs up strife, but the Lord will send out against him an unmerciful messenger. 12 Care may befall a man of understanding, but fools will meditate evils. 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not be removed from his house. 14 Rightful rule gives power to words, but sedition and strife precede poverty. 15 He that pronounces the unjust just, and the just unjust, is unclean and abominable before God. 16 Why has the fool wealth? For a senseless man will not be able to purchase wisdom. (16A) He that exalts his own house seeks ruin, and he that turns aside from instruction shall fall into mischief. 17 A friend loves at all times, and let brothers be useful in distress, for on this account are they born. 18 A foolish man applauds and rejoices over himself, as he also that becomes surety would make himself responsible for his own friends. 19 A lover of sin rejoices in strife, 20 and the hard-hearted man finds no good. A man of a changeful tongue will fall into mischief, 21 and the heart of a fool is grief to its possessor. A father rejoices not over an uninstructed son, but a wise son gladdens his mother. 22 A glad heart promotes health, but the bones of a sorrowful man dry up. 23 The ways of a man who unjustly receives gifts in his bosom do not prosper, and an ungodly man perverts the ways of righteousness. 24 The countenance of a wise man is sensible, but the eyes of a fool go to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a cause of anger to his father, and grief to her that bore him. 26 It is not right to punish a righteous man, nor is it holy to plot against righteous princes. 27 He that forbears to utter a hard word is discreet, and a patient man is wise. 28 Wisdom shall be imputed to a fool who asks after wisdom, and he who holds his peace shall seem to be sensible.
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