Chapter 17

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.


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