Proverbs 17:19-28 NIV

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.1

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22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed2 spirit dries up the bones.3

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23 A wicked man accepts a bribe4 in secret to pervert the course of justice.5

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24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes6 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.7

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26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,8 or to flog officials for their integrity.

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27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,9 and a man of understanding is even-tempered.10

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28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.11

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