Proverbs 17
1Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
2A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord-Yehōvah [Messiah Pre-Incarnate] tries the hearts.
4A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; [and] a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
5Whoso mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6Children’s children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.
7Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: to wherever it turns, it prospers.
9He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates [very] friends.
10A reproof (rebuke; scolding) enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11An evil [man] seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14The beginning of strife [is as] when one lets out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both [are] abomination to the Lord-Yehōvah [Messiah Pre-Incarnate].
16For what reason [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he has] no heart [to it]?
17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18A man void of understanding strikes hands, [and] becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
19He loves transgression that loves strife: [and] he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20He that has a perverse (twisted) [habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition] heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
21He that begets a fool [does it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.
22A merry heart does good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
23A wicked [man] takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24Wisdom [is] before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
25A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
27He that has knowledge spares his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shuts his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

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