Proverbs 17:1-8 MSG

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.