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Proverbs 17:7-17 (New Revised Standard)

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7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler. a 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it; wherever they turn they prosper. 9 One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend. 10 A rebuke strikes deeper into a discerning person than a hundred blows into a fool. 11 Evil people seek only rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against them. 12 Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs than to confront a fool immersed in folly. 13 Evil will not depart from the house of one who returns evil for good. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so stop before the quarrel breaks out. 15 One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn? 17 A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
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