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Chapter 17

1Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife. 2A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren. 3As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts. 4The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips. 5He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished. 6Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers. 7Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince. 8The expectation of him that expecteth, is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. 9He that concealeth a transgression. seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends. 10A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool. 11An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him. 12It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly. 13He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: before he suffereth reproach he forsaketh judgment. 15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God. 16What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils. 17He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress. 18A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend. 19He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin. 20He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil. 21A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool. 22A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones. 23The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment. 24Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him. 26It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right. 27He that setteth bounds to his words. is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit. 28Even a fool, if he will hold his peace shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding.

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