Proverbs 17 (asv)
Than a house full of feasting with strife.
17:2A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,
But Jehovah trieth the hearts.
17:4An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips;
And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker;
And he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
And the glory of children are their fathers.
17:7Excellent speech becometh not a fool;
Much less do lying lips a prince.
17:8A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it;
Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.
17:10A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding
Than a hundred stripes into a fool.
Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Rather than a fool in his folly.
17:14The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:
Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.
17:15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
Seeing he hath no understanding?
17:17A friend loveth at all times;
And a brother is born for adversity.
17:19He loveth transgression that loveth strife:
He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.
And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
17:21He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow;
But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
To pervert the ways of justice.
But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
17:25A foolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her that bare him.
17:26Also to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.
17:27He that spareth his words hath knowledge;
17:28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise;
When he shutteth his lips, he is esteemed as prudent.