Proverbs 17 ESV

1 1Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feastinga with strife.

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    • ¥ 17:1 - Hebrew sacrifices
      2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over 2a son who acts shamefully and 3will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

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          3 4The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, 5and the LORD tests hearts.

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          4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
          5 Whoever mocks the poor 6insults his Maker; he who is 7glad at calamity will not go 8unpunished.

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          6 9Grandchildren are 10the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

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          7 Fine speech is not 11becoming to a fool; still less is 12false speech to a prince.

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          8 13A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.

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          9 Whoever 14covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter 15separates close friends.

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          10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
          11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and 16a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

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          12 Let a man meet 17a she-bear robbed of her cubs 18rather than a fool in his folly.

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          13 If anyone 19returns evil for good, 20evil will not depart from his house.

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          14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so 21quit before the quarrel breaks out.

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          15 He who 22justifies the wicked and he who 23condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

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          16 Why should a fool have money in his hand 24to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

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          17 25A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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          18 One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
          19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who 26makes his door high seeks destruction.

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          20 27A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

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          21 He who 28sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

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          22 29A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit 30dries up the bones.

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          23 The wicked accepts 31a bribe in secretb to 32pervert the ways of justice.

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            • ¦ 17:23 - Hebrew a bribe from the bosom
              24 33The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

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              25 34A foolish son is a grief to his father 35and bitterness to 36her who bore him.

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                  26 37To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

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                      27 Whoever 38restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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                      28 Even a fool 39who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

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