Proverbs 17

1 a  Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting
Hebrew sacrifices
with strife.
2A servant who deals wisely will rule over c  a son who acts shamefully
and d  will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 e  The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
f  and the  Lord tests hearts.
4An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5Whoever mocks the poor g  insults his Maker;
he who is h  glad at calamity will not go i  unpunished.
6 j  Grandchildren are k  the crown of the aged,
and the glory of children is their fathers.
7Fine speech is not l  becoming to a fool;
still less is m  false speech to a prince.
8 n  A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
wherever he turns he prospers.
9Whoever o  covers an offense seeks love,
but he who repeats a matter p  separates close friends.
10A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.
11An evil man seeks only rebellion,
and q  a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12Let a man meet r  a she-bear robbed of her cubs
s  rather than a fool in his folly.
13If anyone t  returns evil for good,
u  evil will not depart from his house.
14The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so v  quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15He who w  justifies the wicked and he who x  condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the  Lord.
16Why should a fool have money in his hand y  to buy wisdom
when he has no sense?
17 z  A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
18One who lacks sense gives a pledge
and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
19Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
he who aa  makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 ab  A man of crooked heart does not discover good,
and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
21He who ac  sires a fool gets himself sorrow,
and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 ad  A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit ae  dries up the bones.
23The wicked accepts af  a bribe in secret
Hebrew  a bribe from the bosom

to ah  pervert the ways of justice.
24 ai  The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 aj  A foolish son is a grief to his father
ak  and bitterness to al  her who bore him.
26 am  To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,
nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27Whoever an  restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28Even a fool ao  who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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