Chapter 17
001
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
002
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a daughter who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the sisters.
003
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Yahweh tests the hearts.
004
An evil-doer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
005
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches her Maker. She who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
006
Children's children are the crown of old women; the glory of children are their parents.
007
Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a princess.
008
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of her who gives it; wherever she turns, she prospers.
009
She who covers an offense promotes love; but she who repeats a matter separates best friends.
010
A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred lashes into a fool.
011
An evil woman seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against her.
012
Let a bear robbed of his cubs meet a woman, rather than a fool in her folly.
013
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from her house.
014
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
015
She who justifies the wicked, and she who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
016
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing she has no understanding?
017
A friend loves at all times; and a sister is born for adversity.
018
A woman void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of her neighbor.
019
She who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
020
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
021
She who becomes the mother of a fool grieves. The mother of a fool has no joy.
022
A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
023
A wicked woman receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.
024
Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
025
A foolish daughter brings grief to her mother, and bitterness to him who bore her.
026
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
027
She who spares her words has knowledge. She who is even tempered is a woman of understanding.
028
Even a fool, when she keeps silent, is counted wise. When she shuts her lips, she is thought to be discerning.