17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting with strife.
17:2 A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that dealeth shamefully, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but the Lord trieth the hearts.
17:4 A evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor blasphemeth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
17:7 Overbearing speech becometh not a churl; much less do lying lips a prince.
17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersoever he turneth, he prospereth.
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that harpeth on a matter estrangeth a familiar friend.
17:10 A rebuke entereth deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool.
17:11 An rebellious man seeketh only evil; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off contention, before the quarrel break out.
17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are an abomination to the Lord.
17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding?
17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding is he that striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour.
17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife; he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good; and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into evil.
17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; and the father of a churl hath no joy.
17:22 A merry heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of justice.
17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is vexation to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.
17:26 To punish also the righteous is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
17:27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; and he that husbandeth his spirit is a man of discernment.
17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed as a man of understanding.