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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.
cBut the Lord tests the hearts.
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.
Much less lying lips to a prince.
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.
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.
Therefore lstop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 mHe who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Since he has no heart for it?
17 nA friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
And becomes 5surety for his friend.
And phe who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a 6deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has qa perverse tongue falls into evil.
And the father of a fool has no joy.
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe 8behind the back
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 sWisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A tfoolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27 uHe who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 vEven a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
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