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Proverbs 17

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife. Proverbs 17:2 A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren. Proverbs 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts. Proverbs 17:4 An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. Proverbs 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; [And] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers. Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince. Proverbs 17:8 A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. Proverbs 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends. Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool. Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house. Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling. Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding? Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor. Proverbs 17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction. Proverbs 17:20 He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy. Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones. Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice. Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him. Proverbs 17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness. Proverbs 17:27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent.

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