Proverbs 17:14-24 RSV

14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
21 A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.