Proverbs 17

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

a Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of
Lit sacrifices of strife
feasting with strife.
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
The c refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But d the  Lord tests hearts.
An e evildoer listens to wicked lips;
Lit falsehood
liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
He who mocks the g poor taunts his Maker;
He who h rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
i Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the j glory of sons is their fathers.
Lit A lip of abundance
l Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
Much less are m lying lips to a prince.
A n bribe is a
Lit stone of favor
charm in the sight of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who p conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter q separates intimate friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a r man meet a s bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 He who t returns evil for good,
u Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So v abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He who w justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the  Lord.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to x buy wisdom,
Lit there is no heart
he has no sense?
17 A z friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in
Lit heart
Lit shakes hands
ac pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who ad loves transgression loves strife;
He who ae raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked
Lit heart
mind ag finds no good,
And he who is ah perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who ai sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A aj joyful heart
Lit causes good healing
is good medicine,
But a broken spirit al dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a am bribe from the bosom
To an pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
But the ao eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A ap foolish son is a grief to his father
And aq bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to ar fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He who as restrains his words
Lit knows
has knowledge,
And he who has a au cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he av keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

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