Proverbs 17:7-17 NLT

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.