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Proverbs 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.a
2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among brothers.
3 A crucible is for silver and a smelter for gold, but the Lord is a tester of hearts.b
4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk;c a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker,d and one who rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.e
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers.
7 Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler.
8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.f
9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.g
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messengerh will be sent against him.
12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness.
13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house.
14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.i
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord.j
16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?k
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.l
18 One without sense enters an agreementm and puts up security for his friend.n
19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.o
20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.p
21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.q
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.r
23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.s
24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool's eyes roam to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.t
26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person, or to beat a noble for his honesty.u v
27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool headw is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips.x
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