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Proverbs 17 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:1 - Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:2 - A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:3 - The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:4 - A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:5 - Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:6 - Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:7 - Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:8 - A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:9 - Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:10 - A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:11 - Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:12 - Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:13 - Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:14 - Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:15 - Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the LORD detests them both.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:16 - Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:18 - One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:19 - Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:20 - One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:21 - To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:22 - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:23 - The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:24 - A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:25 - A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:26 - If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:27 - The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:28 - Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

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