Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 17:1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife. Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant ruleth over a son causing shame, And in the midst of brethren He apportioneth an inheritance. Proverbs 17:3 A refining pot [is] for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts [is] Jehovah. Proverbs 17:4 An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue. Proverbs 17:5 Whoso is mocking at the poor Hath reproached his Maker, Whoso is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted. Proverbs 17:6 Sons' sons [are] the crown of old men, And the glory of sons [are] their fathers. Proverbs 17:7 Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood. Proverbs 17:8 A stone of grace [is] the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. Proverbs 17:9 Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend. Proverbs 17:10 Rebuke cometh down on the intelligent More than a hundred stripes on a fool. Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion, And a fierce messenger is sent against him. Proverbs 17:12 The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, Andnot a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17:13 Whoso is returning evil for good, Evil moveth not from his house. Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of contention [is] a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife. Proverbs 17:15 Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these [are] an abomination to Jehovah. Proverbs 17:16 Why [is] thisa price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none? Proverbs 17:17 At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born. Proverbs 17:18 A man lacking heart is striking hands, A surety he becometh before his friend. Proverbs 17:19 Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction. Proverbs 17:20 The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil. Proverbs 17:21 Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not. Proverbs 17:22 A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone. Proverbs 17:23 A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment. Proverbs 17:24 The face of the intelligent [is] to wisdom, And the eyes of a foolat the end of the earth. Proverbs 17:25 A provocation to his father [is] a foolish son, And bitterness to her that bare him. Proverbs 17:26 Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness. Proverbs 17:27 One acquainted with knowledge is sparing his words, And the cool of temper [is] a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent!