He who covers over an offense promotes love,1 but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.2
References for Proverbs 17:9
A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.3
References for Proverbs 17:12
If a man pays back evil4 for good,5 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.6
References for Proverbs 17:14
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent7-- the LORD detests them both.8
References for Proverbs 17:15
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?9
References for Proverbs 17:16
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.10
References for Proverbs 17:17
A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.11
References for Proverbs 17:18
He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.