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Proverbs 17 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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 is for silver and a smelter for gold, but the Lord is a tester of hearts.b 4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk;c a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker,d and one who rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.e 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers. 7 Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler. 8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.f 9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.g 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 messengerh will be sent against him. 12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness. 13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house. 14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.i 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord.j 16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?k 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.l 18 One without sense enters an agreementm and puts up security for his friend.n 19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.o 20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.p 21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.q 22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.r 23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.s 24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool's eyes roam to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.t 26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person, or to beat a noble for his honesty.u v 27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool headw is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips.x
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