THE PROVERBES. Chapter 17
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1Better is a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith; then an house full of sacrifices with strife.1
2A wise seruant shall haue rule ouer a son that causeth shame: and shall haue part of the inheritance among the brethren.
To hide sinnes.
3The fining pot is for siluer, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.3
4A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: and a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.
5Whoso mocketh the poore, reproacheth his maker: and he that is glad at calamities, shall not be vnpunished.5
6Childrens children are the crowne of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.6
7Excellent speech becommeth not a foole: much lesse doe lying lippes a prince.7
8A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoeuer it turneth, it prospereth.8
9He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue; but he that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends.9
10A reproofe entreth more into a wise man, then an hundred stripes into a foole.10
11An euill man seeketh onely rebellion; therefore a cruell messenger shall be sent against him.
12Let a beare robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather then a foole in his folly.
13Whoso rewardeth euill for good, euill shall not depart from his house.13
14The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therfore leaue off contention, before it be medled with.
15He that iustifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the iust: euen they both are abomination to the Lord.15
16Wherfore is there a price in the hand of a foole to get wisedome, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17A friend loueth at all times, and a brother is borne for aduersitie.17
18A man void of vnderstanding striketh hands, and becommeth suretie in the presence of his friend.18
19He loueth transgression, that loueth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.
20He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good, and he that hath a peruerse tongue, falleth into mischiefe.20
21He that begetteth a foole, doth it to his sorrow: and the father of a foole hath no ioy.21
22A merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.22
23A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosome, to peruert the wayes of iudgement.
24Wisedome is before him that hath vnderstanding: but the eyes of a foole are in the ends of the earth.24
25A foolish sonne is a griefe to his father, & bitternes to her that bare him.25
26Also to punish the iust is not good, nor to strike princes for equitie.
27He that hath knowledge, spareth his words: and a man of vnderstanding is of an excellent spirit.27
28Euen a foole, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of vnderstanding.28
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Proverbs Chapter 17
1 Chap. 15. 17. , Or, good cheere.
3 Psal. 26. 2. cha. 27.21. iere. 17. 10 mala.3.3.
5 Chap.14. 13. , Heb. held innocent.
6 Psal. 127. 4. and 128. 3.
7 Heb. a lip of excellency. , Heb. a lip of lying.
8 Chap. 18. 16. , Hebr. a stone of grace.
9 Chap. 10. 12. , Or, procureth.
10 Or, a reproofe aweth more a wise man, then to strike a foole an hundred times.
13 Rom. 12. 17. 1.thess. 5. 15. 1.pet.3.9.
15 Exod. 23. 7 isa. 5.23. chap. 24. 24.
17 Chap. 18. 24.
18 Chap. 6. 1. and 11. 15. , Heb. heart.
20 Heb. the froward of heart.
21 Cha. 10. 1.
22 Chap. 15. 13. and 12. 25. , Or, to a medicine.
24 Eccles.2. 14. and 8.1.
25 Chap. 10. 1. & 15. 20. and 19. 13.
27 Iam. 1. 19. , Or, a coole spirit.
28 Iob 13. 5.
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