17 mBetter is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting1 with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over na son who acts shamefully
and owill share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 pThe crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
qand the Lord tests hearts.
5 Whoever mocks the poor rinsults his Maker;
7 Fine speech is not wbecoming to a fool;
still less is xfalse speech to a prince.
8 yA bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
9 Whoever zcovers an offense seeks love,
but he who repeats a matter aseparates close friends.
and ba cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet ca she-bear robbed of her cubs
drather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone ereturns evil for good,
fevil will not depart from his house.
so gquit before the quarrel breaks out.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand jto buy wisdom
17 kA friend loves at all times,
he who lmakes his door high seeks destruction.
20 mA man of crooked heart does not discover good,
21 He who nsires a fool gets himself sorrow,
22 oA joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit pdries up the bones.
to rpervert the ways of justice.
24 sThe discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
25 nA foolish son is a grief to his father
26 vTo impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,
27 Whoever wrestrains his words has knowledge,
28 Even a fool xwho keeps silent is considered wise;