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Proverbs 17 - American Standard Version 2015

1. Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith,\par\tab Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2. A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,\par\tab And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

3. The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold;\par\tab But Jehovah trieth the hearts.

4. An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips;\par\tab And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

5. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker;\par\tab {\i And} he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

6. Children's children are the crown of old men;\par\tab And the glory of children are their fathers.

7. Excellent speech becometh not a fool;\par\tab Much less do lying lips a prince.

8. A bribe is {\i as} a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it;\par\tab Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

9. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;\par\tab But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

10. A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding\par\tab Than a hundred stripes into a fool.

11. An evil man seeketh only rebellion;\par\tab Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man,\par\tab Rather than a fool in his folly.

13. Whoso rewardeth evil for good,\par\tab Evil shall not depart from his house.

14. The beginning of strife is {\i as} when one letteth out water:\par\tab Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous,\par\tab Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

16. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,\par\tab Seeing he hath no understanding?

17. A friend loveth at all times;\par\tab And a brother is born for adversity.

18. A man void of understanding striketh hands,\par\tab And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.

19. He loveth transgression that loveth strife:\par\tab He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.

20. He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good;\par\tab And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

21. He that begetteth a fool {\i doeth it} to his sorrow;\par\tab And the father of a fool hath no joy.

22. A cheerful heart is a good medicine;\par\tab But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

23. A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom,\par\tab To pervert the ways of justice.

24. Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding;\par\tab But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

25. A foolish son is a grief to his father,\par\tab And bitterness to her that bare him.

26. Also to punish the righteous is not good,\par\tab {\i Nor} to smite the noble for {\i their} uprightness.

27. He that spareth his words hath knowledge;\par\tab And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

28. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise;\par\tab When he shutteth his lips, he is {\i esteemed as} prudent.\par

American Standard Version-2015

Edited by Jeff D. Huddleston. Based on the 1901 American Standard Version (ASV-1901).