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Proverbs 17

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

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a drye morsell wt quyetnesse, the a full house and many fatt catell wt stryfe. Proverbs 17:2 A discrete seruaut shal haue more rule then the sonnes yt haue no wysdome, and shal haue like heretage wt the brethren. Proverbs 17:3 Like as syluer is tried in the fyre and golde in the fornace, euen so doth the LORDE proue the hertes. Proverbs 17:4 A wicked body holdeth moch of false lippes, & a dyssemblynge persone geueth eare to a disceatfull toge. Proverbs 17:5 Who so laugheth ye poore to scorne, blasphemeth his maker: and he yt is glad of another mans hurte, shal not be vnpunyshed. Proverbs 17:6 Childers children are a worshipe vnto the elders, and the fathers are the honor of the children. Proverbs 17:7 An eloquent speach becometh not a foole, a dyssemblinge mouth also besemeth not a prynce. Proverbs 17:8 Liberalite is a precious stone vnto him that hath it, for where so euer he becometh, he prospereth. Proverbs 17:9 Who so couereth another mans offence, seketh loue: but he yt discloseth the faute, setteth frendes at variaunce. Proverbs 17:10 One reprofe only doth more good to him yt hath vnderstodinge, then an C. stripes vnto a foole. Proverbs 17:11 A sedicious personne seketh myschefe, but a cruell messaunger shal be sent agaynst him. Proverbs 17:12 It were better to come agaynst a she Bere robbed of hir whelpes, then agaynst a foole in his foolishnes. Proverbs 17:13 Who so rewardeth euell for good, the plage shal not departe fro his house. Proverbs 17:14 He yt soweth discorde & strife, is like one yt dyggeth vp a water broke: but an open enemie is like the water yt breaketh out & reneth abrode. Proverbs 17:15 The LORDE hateth as well him yt iustifieth ye vngodly, as him yt condempneth the innocet. Proverbs 17:16 What helpeth it to geue a foole money in his hode, where as he hath no mynde to bye wysdome? Proverbs 17:17 He is a frende that allwaye loueth, and in aduersite a man shal knowe who is his brother. Proverbs 17:18 Who so promiseth by the hande, & is suertie for another, he is a foole. Proverbs 17:19 He yt loueth strife, delyteth in synne: & who so setteth his dore to hye, seketh after a fall. Proverbs 17:20 Who so hath a frowarde herte, opteyneth no good: and he yt hath an ouerthwarte tonge, shal fall into myschefe. Proverbs 17:21 An vnwyse body bryngeth himselfe in to sorowe, and ye father of a foole can haue no ioye. Proverbs 17:22 A mery herte maketh a lusty age, but a sorowfull mide dryeth vp ye bones. Proverbs 17:23 The vngodly taketh giftes out of the bosome, to wraist the wayes of iudgment. Proverbs 17:24 Wysdome shyneth in ye face of him yt hath vnderstondinge, but ye eyes of fooles wandre thorow out all lodes. Proverbs 17:25 An vndiscrete sonne is a grefe vnto his father, and heuynesse vnto his mother yt bare him. Proverbs 17:26 To punysh ye innocent, and to smyte ye prynces yt geue true iudgmet, are both euell. Proverbs 17:27 He is wyse and discrete, yt tempereth his wordes: and he is a ma of vnderstodinge, yt maketh moch of his sprete. Proverbs 17:28 Yee a very foole (when he holdeth his tonge) is counted wyse, and to haue vnderstodinge, when he shutteth his lippes.

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