Our Thoughts Are Tested by the LORD 17 1A dry crust of bread eaten in peace and quiet is better than a feast eaten where everyone argues. 2A wise slave will be placed in charge of a no-good child, and that slave will be given the same inheritance that each child receives. 3Silver and gold are tested by flames of fire; our thoughts are tested by the LORD. 4Troublemakers listen to troublemakers, and liars listen to liars. 5By insulting the poor, you insult your Creator. You will be punished if you make fun of someone in trouble. 6Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, and children should be proud of their parents.   7It sounds strange for a fool to talk sensibly, but it's even worse for a ruler to tell lies. 8A bribe works miracles like a magic charm that brings good luck. 9You will keep your friends if you forgive them, but you will lose your friends if you keep talking about what they did wrong. 10A sensible person accepts correction, but you can't beat sense into a fool.   11Cruel people want to rebel, and so vicious attackers will be sent against them. 12A bear robbed of her cubs is far less dangerous than a stubborn fool. 13You will always have trouble if you are mean to those who are good to you. 14The start of an argument is like a water leak— so stop it before real trouble breaks out. 15The LORD doesn't like those who defend the guilty or condemn the innocent. 16Why should fools have money for an education when they refuse to learn?   17 A friend is there to help, in any situation, and relatives are born to share our troubles. 18It's stupid to guarantee someone else's loan. 19The wicked and the proud love trouble and keep begging to be hurt. 20Dishonesty does you no good, and telling lies will get you in trouble. 21It's never pleasant to be the parent of a fool and have nothing but pain. 22If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over.   23Crooks accept secret bribes to keep justice from being done. 24Anyone with wisdom knows what makes good sense, but fools can never make up their minds. 25Foolish children bring sorrow and pain to their parents. 26It isn't fair to punish the innocent and those who do right. 27It makes a lot of sense to be a person of few words and to stay calm. 28 Even fools seem smart when they are quiet.
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