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Proverbs 17:1-8 (The Message)

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1 A meal of bread and water in contented peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels. 2 A wise servant takes charge of an unruly child and is honored as one of the family. 3 As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God. 4 Evil people relish malicious conversation; the ears of liars itch for dirty gossip. 5 Whoever mocks poor people, insults their Creator; gloating over misfortune is a punishable crime. 6 Old people are distinguished by grandchildren; children take pride in their parents. 7 We don't expect eloquence from fools, nor do we expect lies from our leaders. 8 Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.
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