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Proverbs 17

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17:1 Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour.

17:2 A servant who does wisely will have rule over a son causing shame, and will have his part in the heritage among brothers.

17:3 The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.

17:4 A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue.

17:5 Whoever makes sport of the poor puts shame on his Maker; and he who is glad because of trouble will not go free from punishment.

17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.

17:7 Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler.

17:8 An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well.

17:9 He who keeps a sin covered is looking for love; but he who keeps on talking of a thing makes division between friends.

17:10 A word of protest goes deeper into one who has sense than a hundred blows into a foolish man.

17:11 An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him.

17:12 It is better to come face to face with a bear whose young ones have been taken away than with a foolish man acting foolishly.

17:13 If anyone gives back evil for good, evil will never go away from his house.

17:14 The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.

17:15 He who gives a decision for the evil-doer and he who gives a decision against the upright, are equally disgusting to the Lord.

17:16 How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense?

17:17 A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble.

17:18 A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour.

17:19 The lover of fighting is a lover of sin: he who makes high his doorway is looking for destruction.

17:20 Nothing good comes to him whose heart is fixed on evil purposes: and he who has an evil tongue will come to trouble.

17:21 He who has an unwise son gets sorrow for himself, and the father of a foolish son has no joy.

17:22 A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.

17:23 A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause.

17:24 Wisdom is before the face of him who has sense; but the eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth.

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitter pain to her who gave him birth.

17:26 To give punishment to the upright is not good, or to give blows to the noble for their righteousness.

17:27 He who has knowledge says little: and he who has a calm spirit is a man of good sense.

17:28 Even the foolish man, when he keeps quiet, is taken to be wise: when his lips are shut he is credited with good sense.