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Proverbs 17:1-9 (Common English Bible)

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1 Better a dry crust with quiet than a house full of feasting with quarrels. 2 An insightful servant rules over a disgraceful son and will divide an inheritance with the brothers. 3 A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 4 An evildoer pays attention to guilty lips; a liar listens to a destructive tongue. 5 Those who mock the poor insult their maker; those who rejoice in disaster won't go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents. 7 Too much talking isn't right for a fool; even less so false speech for an honorable person. 8 A bribe seems magical in the eyes of those who give it, granting success to all who use it. 9 One who seeks love conceals an offense, but one who repeats it divides friends.
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