17 1It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet than to eat a big dinner in a house that is full of fighting. 2A wise servant will rule over a shameful child. He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member. 3Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But the Lord tests our hearts. 4An evil person listens to evil words. A liar pays attention to words that are harmful. 5Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker. Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished. 6Grandchildren are like a crown to older people. And children are proud of their parents. 7It isn’t proper for foolish people to brag. And it certainly isn’t proper for rulers to tell lies! 8Money buys favors for those who give it. No matter where they turn, they succeed. 9Those who erase a sin by forgiving it show love. But those who talk about it come between close friends. 10A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip. 11An evil person never wants to obey. An official who shows no mercy will be sent against him. 12It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly. 13Evil will never leave the house of anyone who pays back evil for good. 14Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam. So drop the matter before a fight breaks out. 15The Lord hates two things. He hates it when the guilty are set free. He also hates it when those who aren’t guilty are punished. 16What good is money in the hands of a foolish person? He doesn’t want to become wise. 17A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes. 18A man who has little sense agrees to pay what other people owe. It isn’t wise to put up money for others. 19The one who loves to argue loves to sin. The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed. 20If your heart is twisted, you won’t succeed. If your tongue tells lies, you will get into trouble. 21It is sad to have a foolish child. The parents of a foolish person have no joy. 22A cheerful heart makes you healthy. But a broken spirit dries you up. 23Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret. Then he turns what is right into wrong. 24Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view. But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else. 25A foolish child makes his father sad and his mother sorry. 26It isn’t good to punish those who aren’t guilty. It isn’t good to whip officials just because they are honest. 27Anyone who has knowledge controls his words. A man who has understanding is not easily upset. 28We think even a foolish person is wise if he keeps silent. We think he understands what is right if he controls his tongue.
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