Proverbs 17:7-17 (Third Millennium Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince. 8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love, but he that repeateth a matter separateth good friends. 10 A reproof entereth deeper into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool. 11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her whelps, rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso returneth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like the letting out of water: therefore break off contention before it is meddled with. 15 He that justifieth the wicked and he that condemneth the just, both alike are an abomination to the LORD. 16 Why should there be in the hands of a fool the price to purchase wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to acquire it? 17 A friend is loving at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
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