Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an 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 fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD 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 gift 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 an 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 be quarrelling. Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 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 neighbour. Proverbs 17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: he that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction. Proverbs 17:20 He that hath a froward 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 merry heart is a good medicine: but a broken spirit drieth up the bones. Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of judgment. 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.