Proverbs 17:13-23 NLT

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.
18 It is poor judgment to co-sign a friend's note, to become responsible for a neighbor's debts.
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully a invites disaster.

References for Proverbs 17:19

    • z 17:19 - Or <I>who builds up defenses;</I> Hebrew reads <I>who makes a high gate.</I>
      20 The crooked heart will not prosper; the twisted tongue tumbles into trouble.
      21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.
      22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.
      23 The wicked accept secret bribes to pervert justice.