Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.1
References for Proverbs 17:12
If a man pays back evil2 for good,3 evil will never leave his house.
References for Proverbs 17:13
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.4
References for Proverbs 17:14
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent5-- the LORD detests them both.6
References for Proverbs 17:15
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?7
References for Proverbs 17:16
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.8
References for Proverbs 17:17
A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.9
References for Proverbs 17:18
He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.10
References for Proverbs 17:21
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed11 spirit dries up the bones.12
References for Proverbs 17:22