Proverbs 17

Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than an house full of {a} sacrifices [with] strife.

(a) For where there were many sacrifices, there were many portions given to the people, with which they feasted.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the {b} inheritance among the brethren.

(b) That is, will be made governor over the children.
A bribe [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: wherever it {c} turneth, it prospereth.

(c) The reward has great force to gain the hearts of men.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] {d} friends.

(d) He that admonishes the prince of his fault makes him his enemy.
An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel {e} messenger shall be sent against him.

(e) By the messenger is meant such means as God uses to punish the rebels.
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than {f} a fool in his folly.

(f) By which he means the wicked in his rage, who has no fear of God.
Why [is there] a {g} price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?

{g} What good does it do the wicked to be rich, seeing he does not set his mind to wisdom?
A friend loveth at all times, and a {h} brother is born for adversity.

(h) So that he is more than a friend, even a brother that helps in time of adversity.
A man void of understanding {i} striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

(i) Read Pr 6:1.
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his {k} gate seeketh destruction.

(k) Lifts up himself above his degree.
A wicked [man] taketh a bribe out of the {l} bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

(l) That is, secretly and out of the bosom of the rich.
Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the {m} ends of the earth.

(m) That is, wander to and fro, and seek not after wisdom.
Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes {n} for equity.

(n) For their well doing.
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