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Proverbs 17 (The Darby Translation)

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1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting a [with] strife. 2 A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren. 3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts. 4 The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar b giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. 5 Whoso mocketh a poor [man] reproacheth his Maker; he that is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent. 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 7 Excellent speech c becometh not a vile [man]; d how much less do lying lips a noble! 8 A gift is a precious stone e in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth. 9 He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again f separateth very friends. 10 A reproof entereth more deeply into him that hath understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool. g 11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion; h but a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of contention is [as] when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, i even they both are abomination to Jehovah. 16 To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he] hath no sense? 17 The friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A senseless j man striketh hands, becoming surety for his neighbour. k 19 He loveth transgression that loveth a quarrel; he that maketh high his gate seeketh destruction. 20 He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil. 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow, and the father of a vile [man] l hath no joy. 22 A joyful heart promoteth healing; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones. 23 A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the paths of judgment. 24 Wisdom is before m him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him. 26 To punish a righteous [man] is not good, nor to strike nobles because of [their] uprightness. 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words; and a man of understanding is of a cool n spirit. 28 Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is reckoned wise, [and] he that shutteth his lips, intelligent.
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