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17:1 Better `is' a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.
17:2 A wise servant ruleth over a son causing shame, And in the midst of brethren He apportioneth an inheritance.
17:3 A refining pot `is' for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts `is' Jehovah.
17:4 An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5 Whoso is mocking at the poor Hath reproached his Maker, Whoso is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted.
17:6 Sons' sons `are' the crown of old men, And the glory of sons `are' their fathers.
17:7 Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.
17:8 A stone of grace `is' the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
17:9 Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.
17:10 Rebuke cometh down on the intelligent More than a hundred stripes on a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion, And a fierce messenger is sent against him.
17:12 The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And -- not a fool in his folly.
17:13 Whoso is returning evil for good, Evil moveth not from his house.
17:14 The beginning of contention `is' a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife.
17:15 Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these `are' an abomination to Jehovah.
17:16 Why `is' this -- a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?
17:17 At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born.
17:18 A man lacking heart is striking hands, A surety he becometh before his friend.
17:19 Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction.
17:20 The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil.
17:21 Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not.
17:22 A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone.
17:23 A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment.
17:24 The face of the intelligent `is' to wisdom, And the eyes of a fool -- at the end of the earth.
17:25 A provocation to his father `is' a foolish son, And bitterness to her that bare him.
17:26 Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness.
17:27 One acquainted with knowledge is sparing his words, And the cool of temper `is' a man of understanding.
17:28 Even a fool keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent!
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