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Proverbs 17Revised Standard Version (RSV)

17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.
A slave who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
    and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
    and the Lord tries hearts.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
    and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue.
He who mocks the poor insults his Maker;
    he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
    and the glory of sons is their fathers.
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
    still less is false speech to a prince.
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it;
    wherever he turns he prospers.
He who forgives an offense seeks love,
    but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
    than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,
    and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs,
    rather than a fool in his folly.
13 If a man returns evil for good,
    evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
    so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
    are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom,
    when he has no mind?
17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man without sense gives a pledge,
    and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife;
    he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper,
    and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
21 A stupid son is a grief to a father;
    and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine,
    but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom
    to pervert the ways of justice.
24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom,
    but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father
    and bitterness to her who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good;
    to flog noble men is wrong.
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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