Proverbs 17

1A dry morsel with gladness is better than a house full of sacrifices along with conflict. 2A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and he will divide the inheritance among brothers. 3Just as silver is tested by fire, and gold is tested in the furnace, so also does the Lord test hearts. 4The evil obey an unjust tongue. And the false are submissive to lying lips. 5Whoever despises the poor rebukes his Maker. And whoever rejoices in the ruin of another will not go unpunished. 6Sons of sons are the crown of old age. And the glory of sons is their fathers. 7Well-chosen words are not fitting for the foolish, nor are lying lips fitting for a leader. 8The expectation of those who stand ready is a most pleasing jewel. Whichever way he turns himself, he understands prudently. 9Whoever conceals an offense seeks friendships. Whoever repeats the words of another separates allies. 10A correction benefits more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool. 11The evil one continually seeks conflicts. But a cruel Angel shall be sent against him. 12It is more expedient to meet a bear robbed of her young, than the foolish trusting in his own folly. 13Whoever repays evil for good, evil shall not withdraw from his house. 14Whoever releases the water is the head of the conflict. And just before he suffers contempt, he abandons judgment. 15Those who justify the impious, and those who condemn the just, both are abominable with God. 16What does it profit the foolish to have riches, when he is not able to buy wisdom? Whoever makes his house high seeks ruin. And whoever shuns learning shall fall into evils. 17Whoever is a friend loves at all times. And a brother is proved by distress. 18A foolish man will clap his hands, when he makes a pledge for his friend. 19Whoever dwells on discord loves disputes. And whoever exalts his door seeks ruin. 20Whoever is of a perverse heart shall not find good. And whoever turns his tongue shall fall into evil. 21A foolish one is born into his own disgrace. But his father will not rejoice in one who is senseless. 22A joyful soul makes a lifetime flourish. A gloomy spirit dries out the bones. 23The impious receives gifts from the bosom, so that he may pervert the paths of judgment. 24Prudence shines from the face of the wise. The eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is the anger of the father and the grief of the mother who conceived him. 26It is not good to inflict damage on the just, nor to strike the leader who judges uprightly. 27Whoever moderates his words is learned and prudent. And a man of learning has a precious spirit. 28If he would remain silent, even the foolish would be considered wise, and if he closes his lips, intelligent.
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