Proverbs 17

Proverbs Chapter 17 KJV

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.
1 Better is 1a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of asacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over 1a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 The 1fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
4 A 1wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 1Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be aunpunished.
6 1Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 aExcellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do blying lips a prince.
8 A 1gift is as aa precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9 He 1that covereth a transgression aseeketh love; 2but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 aA 1reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11 An 1evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 1Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso 1rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: 1therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 1He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.
16 1Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17 A 1friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A 1man void of aunderstanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He 1loveth transgression that loveth strife: and 2he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 aHe 1that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He 1that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22 A 1merry heart doeth good alike a medicine: but 2a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A 1wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 1Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; 2but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A 1foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 1Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He 1that hath knowledge 2spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of aan excellent spirit.
28 1Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17