Proverbs 17:1-8 (Revised Standard Version)

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1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tries hearts. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of sons is their fathers. 7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.
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