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17 A dry crust eaten in peace is better than steak every day along with argument and strife.

A wise slave will rule his master’s wicked sons and share their estate.

Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts.

The wicked enjoy fellowship with others who are wicked; liars enjoy liars.

Mocking the poor is mocking the God who made them. He will punish those who rejoice at others’ misfortunes.

An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory. A child’s glory is his father.

Truth from a rebel or lies from a king are both unexpected.

A bribe works like magic. Whoever uses it will prosper![a]

Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends.

10 A rebuke to a man of common sense is more effective than a hundred lashes on the back of a rebel.

11 The wicked live for rebellion; they shall be severely punished.[b]

12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool caught in his folly.

13 If you repay evil for good, a curse is upon your home.

14 It is hard to stop a quarrel once it starts,[c] so don’t let it begin.

15 The Lord despises those who say that bad is good and good is bad.

16 It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a rebel who has no heart for truth.[d]

17 A true friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

18 It is poor judgment to countersign another’s note, to become responsible for his debts.

19 Sinners love to fight; boasting is looking for trouble.

20 An evil man is suspicious of everyone[e] and tumbles into constant trouble.

21 It’s no fun to be a rebel’s father.

22 A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.

23 It is wrong to accept a bribe to twist justice.

24 Wisdom is the main pursuit of sensible men, but a fool’s goals are at the ends of the earth!

25 A rebellious son is a grief to his father and a bitter blow to his mother.

26 How shortsighted to fine the godly for being good! And to punish nobles for being honest!

27-28 The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut.


  1. Proverbs 17:8 This is a fact, but not to be encouraged!
  2. Proverbs 17:11 they shall be severely punished, literally, “a stern [ruthless] messenger will be sent against him.”
  3. Proverbs 17:14 It is hard to stop a quarrel once it starts, literally, “as when one lets out water.”
  4. Proverbs 17:16 no heart for truth, literally, “no heart.”
  5. Proverbs 17:20 is suspicious of everyone, or “does not prosper.”

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