Proverbs 17 New American Standard Bible

17 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife .

2  A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully , And will share in the inheritance among brothers .

3  The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold , But the Lord tests hearts .

4  An evildoer listens to wicked lips ; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue .

5  He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker ; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished .

6  Grandchildren are the crown of old men , And the glory of sons is their fathers .

7  Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool , Much e less are lying lips to a prince .

8  A bribe is a charm e in the sight of its owner ; Wherever e e he turns , he prospers .

9  He who conceals a transgression seeks love , But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends .

10  A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool .

11  A rebellious man seeks only evil , So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12  Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs , Rather than a fool in his folly .

13  He who returns evil for good , Evil will not depart from his house .

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water , So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

15  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous , Both e of them alike are an abomination to the Lord .

16  Why e is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom , When he has no sense ?

17  A friend loves at all times , And a brother is born for adversity .

18  A man lacking in sense pledges e And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor .

19  He who loves transgression loves strife ; He who raises his door seeks destruction .

20  He who has a crooked mind finds no good , And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil .

21  He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow , And the father of a fool has no joy .

22  A joyful heart is good medicine , But a broken spirit dries up the bones .

23  A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice .

24  Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding , But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth .

25  A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.

26  It is also not good to fine the righteous , Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness .

27  He who restrains his words has knowledge , And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding . 28  Even a fool , when he keeps silent , is considered wise ; When he closes his lips , he is considered prudent .

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