Proverbs 17:3-13 RSV

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.
9 He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 If a man returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.