Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry morsel, and peace therewith, than a house full of contentious sacrifices. Proverbs 17:2 A prudent servant, shall rule over a son who causeth shame, and, in the midst of brothers, shall he share the inheritance. Proverbs 17:3 Fining-pot for silver, crucible for gold, but, he that trieth hearts, is Yahweh. Proverbs 17:4 Discord, giveth heed to the aggrieving lip,Falsehood, giveth ear to the destroying tongue. Proverbs 17:5 He that mocketh the poor, hath reproached his Maker, He that maketh merry at distress, shall not be held innocent. Proverbs 17:6 The crown of old men, consists of children's children, and the adornment of children, is their fathers. Proverbs 17:7 Unseemly in an unworthy man, is the lip of excellence, much more, in one of noble mind, the lip of falsehood. Proverbs 17:8 A gift, in the eyes of its owner, is, a stone of beauty, whithersoever it turneth, it bringeth prosperity. Proverbs 17:9 He that hideth a transgression, seeketh love, but, he that repeateth a matter, separateth intimate friends. Proverbs 17:10 A reproof sinketh more deeply into an intelligent man than a hundred stripes, into a dullard! Proverbs 17:11 Nothing less than rebellion, doth a wicked man seek, and, a relentless messenger, shall be sent out against him. Proverbs 17:12 Let a bereaved bear encounter man, rather than a dullard, with his folly! Proverbs 17:13 He that returneth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. Proverbs 17:14 A letting forth of water, is the beginning of strife, therefore, before it breaketh out, abandon, contention. Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the lawless, and he that condemneth the righteous, an abomination to Yahweh, are they, both. Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a dullard? that he who is without sense, may acquire wisdom. Proverbs 17:17 At all times, doth a friend love, and, a brother for distress, must be born. Proverbs 17:18 A man lacking sense, is one who striketh hands, giving security, before his neighbour. Proverbs 17:19 A lover of transgression, is one who loveth strife, he that heighteneth his door, seeketh grievous harm. Proverbs 17:20 The crooked in heart, shall not find good, and, he that is perverse with his tongue, shall fall into wickedness. Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a dullard, it is to his own grief, neither can the father of the base, rejoice. Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart, worketh an excellent cure,but, a stricken spirit, drieth up the bone. Proverbs 17:23 A bribe out of his bosom, doth a lawless man take, to pervert the ways of justice. Proverbs 17:24 Before the face of the discerning, is wisdom, but, the eyes of a dullard, are in the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:25 A vexation to his father, is the son that is a dullard, and a bitterness, to her that bare him. Proverbs 17:26 Surely, to chastise the righteous, is not good, to smite the noble-minded for equity. Proverbs 17:27 Sparing of his words, is one who valueth knowledge, and, of a thoughtful spirit, is a man of intelligence. Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, holding his peace, is accounted, wise,He that closeth his lips, [is thought] to have understanding.