17 1 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 .