Proverbs 17
Beware Bribes and Rebellion
1Better is dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.
2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance with the brothers.
3A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but Adonai tests the heart.
4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar listens to a malicious tongue.
5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker. Whoever rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
6Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly and the glory of children is their parents.
7Arrogant lips are not fitting for a fool, much less lying lips for a ruler.
8A bribe is a charm in the eyes of its owner. Wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9Whoever covers up an offense seeks love. Whoever repeats a matter separates close friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred lashes on a fool.
11An evil man seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to deal with a fool in his folly.
13Whoever rewards evil for good— evil will never leave his house.
14The beginning of strife is like letting out water— so stop a quarrel before it breaks out.
15Acquitting the wicked and condemning the righteous: both are an abomination to Adonai.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom?
17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18A man lacking judgment shakes hands on a deal and puts up financial security for his neighbor.
19He who loves sin loves strife. One who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20A perverse heart finds nothing good a devious tongue falls into trouble.
21Whoever fathers a fool gets grief. There is no joy for the father of a disgraceful son.
22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23The wicked one receives a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.
24Wisdom is before the person of understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to her that bore him.
26Also, to punish a righteous person is not good, nor to beat up an honorable one for his integrity.
27One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm.
28Even a fool, who keeps quiet, is considered wise, discerning, if he seals his lips.

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