King James VersionProverbs17


1 Bet­ter is a dry morsel, and quiet­ness there­with, than an house full of sac­ri­fices with strife.
2 A wise ser­vant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the in­her­i­tance among the brethren.
3 The fin­ing pot is for sil­ver, and the fur­nace for gold: but the LORD tri­eth the hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mock­eth the poor re­proa­cheth his Mak­er: and he that is glad at calami­ties shall not be un­pun­ished.
6 Children's chil­dren are the crown of old men; and the glo­ry of chil­dren are their fa­thers.
7 Ex­cel­lent speech be­cometh not a fool: much less do ly­ing lips a prince.
8 A gift is as a pre­cious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whith­er­so­ev­er it tur­neth, it pros­pereth.
9 He that cov­ereth a trans­gres­sion seeketh love; but he that re­peateth a mat­ter sep­a­rateth very friends.
10 A re­proof en­tereth more into a wise man than an hun­dred stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only re­bel­lion: there­fore a cru­el mes­sen­ger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his fol­ly.
13 Whoso re­wardeth evil for good, evil shall not de­part from his house.
14 The be­gin­ning of strife is as when one let­teth out wa­ter: there­fore leave off con­tention, be­fore it be med­dled with.
15 He that jus­ti­fi­eth the wicked, and he that con­dem­neth the just, even they both are abom­i­na­tion to the LORD.
16 Where­fore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wis­dom, see­ing he hath no heart ­to it?
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a broth­er is born for ad­ver­si­ty.
18 A man void of un­der­stand­ing striketh hands, and be­cometh sure­ty in the pres­ence of his friend.
19 He loveth trans­gres­sion that loveth strife: and he that ex­al­teth his gate seeketh de­struc­tion.
20 He that hath a froward heart find­eth no good: and he that hath a per­verse tongue fal­l­eth into mis­chief.
21 He that beget­teth a fool ­doeth it to his sor­row: and the fa­ther of a fool hath no joy.
22 A mer­ry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a bro­ken spir­it dri­eth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bo­som to per­vert the ways of judg­ment.
24 Wis­dom is be­fore him that hath un­der­stand­ing; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A fool­ish son is a grief to his fa­ther, and bit­ter­ness to her that bare him.
26 Also to pun­ish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for eq­ui­ty.
27 He that hath knowl­edge spareth his words: and a man of un­der­stand­ing is of an ex­cel­lent spir­it.
28 Even a fool, when he hold­eth his peace, is count­ed wise: and he that shut­teth his lips is esteemed a man of un­der­stand­ing.