Proverbs 17

17:1 Better is a dry crust of bread1 where there is quietness2

than a house full of feasting with strife.3

17:2 A servant who acts wisely4 will rule

over5 an heir6 who behaves shamefully,7

and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.8

17:3 The crucible9 is for refining10 silver and the furnace11 is for gold,

likewise12 the Lord tests13 hearts.

17:4 One who acts wickedly14 pays attention to evil counsel;15

a liar listens16 to a malicious tongue.17

17:5 The one who mocks the poor18 insults19 his Creator;

whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.

17:6 Grandchildren20 are like21 a crown22 to the elderly,

and the glory23 of children is their parents.24

17:7 Excessive25 speech26 is not becoming for a fool;27

how much less are lies28 for a ruler!29

17:8 A bribe works like30 a charm31 for the one who offers it;32

in whatever he does33 he succeeds.34

17:9 The one who forgives35 an offense seeks36 love,

but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends.37

17:10 A rebuke makes a greater impression on38 a discerning person

than a hundred blows on a fool.39

17:11 An evil person seeks only rebellion,40

and so41 a cruel messenger42 will be sent against him.

17:12 It is better for a person to meet43 a mother bear being robbed of her cubs,

than44 to encounter45 a fool in his folly.46

17:13 As for the one who repays47 evil for good,

evil will not leave48 his house.49

17:14 Starting a quarrel50 is like letting out water;51

stop it before strife breaks out!52

17:15 The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent53

both of them are an abomination to the Lord.54

17:16 Of what55 use is money in the hand of a fool,56

since he has no intention57 of acquiring wisdom?58

17:17 A friend59 loves at all times,

and a relative60 is born to help in adversity.61

17:18 The one who lacks wisdom62 strikes hands in pledge,63

and puts up financial security64 for his neighbor.65

17:19 The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression;66

whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction.67

17:20 The one who has a perverse heart68 does not find good,69

and the one who is deceitful in speech70 falls into trouble.

17:21 Whoever brings a fool71 into the world72 does so73 to his grief,

and the father of a fool has no joy.74

17:22 A cheerful heart75 brings good healing,76

but a crushed spirit77 dries up the bones.78

17:23 A wicked person receives a bribe secretly79

to pervert80 the ways of justice.

17:24 Wisdom is directly in front of81 the discerning person,

but the eyes of a fool run82 to the ends of the earth.83

17:25 A foolish child is a grief84 to his father,

and bitterness to the mother who bore him.85

17:26 It is terrible86 to punish87 a righteous person,

and to flog88 honorable men is wrong.89

17:27 The truly wise person90 restrains91 his words,

and the one who stays calm92 is discerning.

17:28 Even a fool who remains silent is considered93 wise,

and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning.94

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