Proverbs 17

ERV(i) 1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an house full of feasting with strife 2 A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren 3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts 4 An evil–doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished 6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince 8 A gift is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends 10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding than an hundred stripes into a fool 11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house 14 The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before there be quarrelling 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD 16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity 18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour 19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: he that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy 22 A merry heart is a good medicine: but a broken spirit drieth up the bones 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of judgment 24 Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding: but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him 26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness 27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge: and he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: when he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent