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  chapter 17
  

PROVERBS OF PERSONAL CONTENTMENT AND PEACE

¤Another better thing

1 Better is
a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

¤Advice to servants

2
A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers.

¤Two refining processes

Proverbs 17:3
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but
the LORD tests the hearts.

¤Four great sins

4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.


¤Two kinds of crowns

Proverbs 17:6 6
Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

¤Two unbecoming things

7
Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.

¤The power of gifts

8
A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers.

¤How to win friends and make enemies

9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but
he who repeats a matter separates friends.

¤How to classify certain men

10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than
a hundred blows on a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

¤Good advice for all

12 Let a man meet
a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17:14 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

¤Two abominations to God

15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are
an abomination to the LORD.

¤Why some remain fools

16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of
wisdom, since he has no heart for it

¤How to know true friends

17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

¤Seven things that cause sorrow

18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and
becomes surety for his friend. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. 20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil. 21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

¤A good medicine

22
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

¤How to pervert justice

23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert
the ways of justice.

¤The wise and the fools

24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to
her who bore him.

¤Two things that are not good

26 Also, to punish
the righteous is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.

¤Two good practices

27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of
a calm spirit. 28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

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