17 A dry crust eaten in peace is better than steak every day along with argument and strife.
2 A wise slave will rule his master’s wicked sons and share their estate.
3 Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts.
4 The wicked enjoy fellowship with others who are wicked; liars enjoy liars.
5 Mocking the poor is mocking the God who made them. He will punish those who rejoice at others’ misfortunes.
6 An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory. A child’s glory is his father.
7 Truth from a rebel or lies from a king are both unexpected.
8 A bribe works like magic. Whoever uses it will prosper![a]
9 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.
- Proverbs 17:8 This is a fact, but not to be encouraged!
- Proverbs 17:11 they shall be severely punished, literally, “a stern [ruthless] messenger will be sent against him.”
- Proverbs 17:14 It is hard to stop a quarrel once it starts, literally, “as when one lets out water.”
- Proverbs 17:16 no heart for truth, literally, “no heart.”
- Proverbs 17:20 is suspicious of everyone, or “does not prosper.”