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Proverbs 17


Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

Proverbs 17:1   Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Proverbs 17:2   A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
Proverbs 17:3   The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
Proverbs 17:4   An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
Proverbs 17:5   He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 17:6   Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
Proverbs 17:7   Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
Proverbs 17:8   A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
Proverbs 17:9   He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
Proverbs 17:10   A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
Proverbs 17:11   A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Proverbs 17:12   Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
Proverbs 17:13   He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
Proverbs 17:14   The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
Proverbs 17:15   He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Proverbs 17:16   Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
Proverbs 17:17   A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:18   A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
Proverbs 17:19   He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.
Proverbs 17:20   He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
Proverbs 17:21   He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
Proverbs 17:22   A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:23   A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
Proverbs 17:24   Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 17:25   A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.
Proverbs 17:26   It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
Proverbs 17:27   He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:28   Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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