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Proverbs 17

1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Jehovah tries the hearts.
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens to a destructive tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech is not befitting a fool; much less lying lips a prince.
8 A bribe is like a precious stone in the eyes of him who has it; wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than a thousand stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; therefore leave off contention, before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no heart?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking heart strikes hands; he becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a perverse heart finds no good, and he who has a crooked tongue falls into evil.
21 He who begets a fool does it to his sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe out of the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is before him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to punish the just, nor to strike princes for uprightness.
27 He who has knowledge restrains his words; a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he is silent, is counted wise; and he who shuts his lips, as a man of understanding.
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