· Old Testament 

The Book of Proverbs

  Chapter 17  

17:1 Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.

17:2 A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren.

17:3 As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.

17:4 The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.

17:5 He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his maker: and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, 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 Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

17:8 The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.

17:9 He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

17:10 A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

17:11 An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him.

17:12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly.

17:13 He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God.

17:16 What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.

17:17 He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.

17:18 A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend.

17:19 He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin.

17:20 He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

17:21 A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.

17:22 A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones.

17:23 The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.

17:24 Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.

17:25 A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him.

17:26 It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right.

17:27 He that setteth bounds to his words, is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit.

17:28 Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding.