King James Bible

Proverbs 16

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Chapter 17

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. 

 

 


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