Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.1
References for Proverbs 17:14
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent2-- the LORD detests them both.3
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Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?4
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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.5
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A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.6
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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.7
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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed8 spirit dries up the bones.9
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A wicked man accepts a bribe10 in secret to pervert the course of justice.11
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A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes12 wander to the ends of the earth.
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