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Proverbs 17

1Better is #Prov. 15:17a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting with strife.
2A wise servant will rule over #Prov. 10:5a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
#1 Chr. 29:17; Ps. 26:2; Prov. 15:11; Jer. 17:10; (Mal. 3:3)But the Lord tests the hearts.
4An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
5#Prov. 14:31He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
#Job 31:29; Prov. 24:17; Obad. 12; 1 Cor. 13:6He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6#(Ps. 127:3; 128:3)Children’s children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.
7Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
8A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9#(Prov. 10:12; 1 Cor. 13:5–7; James 5:20)He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But #Prov. 16:28he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10#Prov. 10:17; (Mic. 7:9)Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11An evil man seeks only rebellion;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12Let a man meet #2 Sam. 17:8; Hos. 13:8a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13Whoever #Ps. 109:4, 5; Jer. 18:20; Rom. 12:17; 1 Thess. 5:15; (1 Pet. 3:9)rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore #(Prov. 20:3; 1 Thess. 4:11)stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15#Ex. 23:7; Prov. 24:24; Is. 5:23He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
16Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has no heart for it?
17#Ruth 1:16; Prov. 18:24A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18#Prov. 6:1A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge,
And becomes surety for his friend.
19He who loves transgression loves strife,
And #Prov. 16:18he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has #James 3:8a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22A #Prov. 12:25; 15:13, 15merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back
To pervert the ways of justice.
24#Eccl. 2:14Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25A #Prov. 10:1; 15:20; 19:13foolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27#Prov. 10:19; James 1:19He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28#Job 13:5Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

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