17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
17:2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, And shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, But Yahweh tests the hearts.
17:4 An evil-doer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; The glory of children are their parents.
17:7 Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, Much less do lying lips fit a prince.
17:8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
17:9 He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
17:10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred lashes into a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.
17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
17:16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no understanding?
17:17 A friend loves at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
17:19 He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
17:20 One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, And one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
17:21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.
17:22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
17:23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, To pervert the ways of justice.
17:24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to flog officials for their integrity.
17:27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.