Proverbs 17:9-16 CEB
One who seeks love conceals an offense,
but one who repeats it divides friends.
A rebuke goes deeper to an understanding person
than a hundred lashes to a fool.
Evil people seek only rebellion;
a cruel messenger will be sent against them.
Safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than fools in their folly.
Evil will never depart from the house
of those who return evil for good.
The start of a quarrel is like letting out water,
so drop the dispute before it breaks out.
Judging the righteous wicked and the wicked righteous—
the LORD detests both of these.
Why should a fool have money
to pay for wisdom? He has no mind.
CEB: Common English Bible