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The New King James Version

Proverbs 17:1–13

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17 Better is aa dry morsel with quietness,

Than a house full of 1feasting with strife.

2 A wise servant will rule over ba son who causes shame,

And will share an inheritance among the brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

cBut the Lord tests the hearts.

4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;

A liar listens eagerly to a 2spiteful tongue.

5 dHe who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;

eHe who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

6 fChildren’s children are the crown of old men,

And the glory of children is their father.

7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,

Much less lying lips to a prince.

8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 gHe who covers a transgression seeks love,

But hhe who repeats a matter separates friends.

10 iRebuke is more effective for a wise man

Than a hundred blows on a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;

Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12 Let a man meet ja bear robbed of her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoever krewards evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

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