Proverbs 17:7-17 (New Living Translation)

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7 Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. 8 A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do. 9 Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends. 10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. 11 Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished. 12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in folly. 13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house. 14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 15 The LORD despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent. 16 It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom. 17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
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