Provérbios 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet ¶ than a house full of feasting, with strife.

2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son ¶ and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, ¶ but the LORD tests the heart.

4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; ¶ a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; ¶ whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, ¶ and parents are the pride of their children.

7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool — ¶ how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; ¶ they think success will come at every turn.

9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, ¶ but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person ¶ more than a hundred lashes a fool.

11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God; ¶ the messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs ¶ than a fool bent on folly.

13 Evil will never leave the house ¶ of one who pays back evil for good.

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; ¶ so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent — ¶ the LORD detests them both.

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, ¶ when they are not able to understand it?

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

18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge ¶ and puts up security for a neighbor.

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; ¶ whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; ¶ one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

21 To have a fool for a child brings grief; ¶ there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, ¶ but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23 The wicked accept bribes in secret ¶ to pervert the course of justice.

24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, ¶ but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father ¶ and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, ¶ surely to flog honest officials is not right.

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, ¶ and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, ¶ and discerning if they hold their tongues.