Proverbs 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace

than a house full of feasting with strife. a

2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and share an inheritance among brothers.

3 A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, b
and the Lord is the tester of hearts. c

4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk;
Lit to lips of iniquity

a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, e
and one who rejoices over calamity
will not go unpunished. f

6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,
and the pride of sons is their fathers.

7 Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips;
how much worse are lies for a ruler.

8 A bribe g seems like a magic stone to its owner;
wherever he turns, he succeeds. h

9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, i
but whoever gossips about it separates friends. j

10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person
more than a hundred lashes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
a cruel messenger
Or a merciless angel
l will be sent against him.

12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs m
than a fool in his foolishness.

13 If anyone returns evil for good, n
evil will never depart from his house. o

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood;
stop the dispute before it breaks out. p

15 Acquitting the
guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.
guilty and condemning the just r
both are detestable to the Lord.

16 Why does a fool have money in his hand
with no intention of buying wisdom? s

17 A friend loves at all times, t
and a brother is born for a difficult time.

18 One without sense enters an agreement
Lit sense shakes hands

and puts up security for his friend. v

19 One who loves to offend loves strife; w
one who builds a high threshold invites injury.

20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed,
and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin. x

21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow;
the father of a fool has no joy. y

22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones. z

23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe aa
to subvert the course of justice. ab

24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive,
but a fool’s eyes ac roam to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son is grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him. ad

26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person
or to beat a noble for his honesty.
Or noble unfairly

27 The intelligent person restrains his words, ag
and one who keeps a cool head
Lit spirit

is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent,
discerning when he seals his lips. ai
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