Proverbs 17:17-27 NIV

17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.1

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18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.2

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19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.3

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22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed4 spirit dries up the bones.5

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23 A wicked man accepts a bribe6 in secret to pervert the course of justice.7

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24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes8 wander to the ends of the earth.

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25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.9

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26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,10 or to flog officials for their integrity.

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27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,11 and a man of understanding is even-tempered.12

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