Proverbs 17:12-22 CSB

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.a

References for Proverbs 17:14

      15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord.b

      References for Proverbs 17:15

        • j 17:15 - Pr 17:26; 18:5; 24:23-24
          16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?c

          References for Proverbs 17:16

            • k 17:16 - Pr 4:5,7; 18:15
              17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.d

              References for Proverbs 17:17

                • l 17:17 - Pr 18:24; 27:10
                  18 One without sense enters an agreemente and puts up security for his friend.f

                  References for Proverbs 17:18

                    • m 17:18 - Lit sense shakes hands
                    • n 17:18 - Pr 6:1-5; 11:15; 22:26
                      19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.g

                      References for Proverbs 17:19

                        • o 17:19 - Pr 13:10; 16:18; 29:22
                          20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.h

                          References for Proverbs 17:20

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

                              References for Proverbs 17:21

                                • q 17:21 - Pr 10:1; 17:25; 23:24-25
                                  22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.j

                                  References for Proverbs 17:22

                                    • r 17:22 - Pr 14:30; 15:13; 18:14