Proverbs 17

ECB(i) 1 Better, a parched morsel with serenity than a house full of sacrifices with strife. 2 A comprehending servant reigns over a son who shames; and allots the inheritance among the brothers. 3 The crucible for silver; the furnace for gold; and Yah Veh proofs the hearts. 4 A vilifier hearkens to lips of mischief; and a falsifier hearkens to a tongue of calamity. 5 Whoever derides the impoverished reproaches his Worker; whoever cheers at calamities is not exonerated. 6 Sons of sons are the crown of the aged; and the beauty of sons are their fathers. 7 A lip of rest befits not a fool; much less false lips a volunteer. 8 A bribe is as a stone of charism in the eyes of his master; wherever it faces, it comprehends. 9 He who covers a rebellion seeks love; and he who reiterates a word separates friends. 10 Rebuke penetrates a discerner more than a hundred smitings to a fool. 11 A rebel seeks evil; a cruel angel is sent against him. 12 May a bereaved bear meet a man but not a fool in his folly. 13 Whoever returns evil for good evil departs not from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is as a bursting of water leave off contention ere it faces a quarrel. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who judges wicked the just - even they both are abhorrence to Yah Veh. 16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to chattelize wisdom, when he has no heart for it? 17 A friend loves at all times and a brother is birthed for tribulation. 18 A human who lacks heart claps palms; and becomes a pledge at the face of his friend. 19 He who loves rebellion, loves strife; and he who lifts his portal, seeks a breech. 20 A perverted heart finds no good; and a turned tongue falls into evil. 21 He who births a fool has grief; and the father of a fool cheers not. 22 A cheerful heart well-pleases as a cure; and a stricken spirit dries the bones. 23 The wicked take a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24 Wisdom faces him who discerns; and the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a vexation to his father and bitterness to her who birthed him. 26 Also, neither penalize the just for good, nor smite volunteers for straightness. 27 He who knows knowledge spares his sayings; and a man of discernment is of cool spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he hushes, is fabricated wise; he who shuts his lips is a discerner.