Proverbs 17:15-24

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—

the Lord detests them both.

Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,

when they are not able to understand it?

A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge

and puts up security for a neighbor.

Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;

whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;

one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

To have a fool for a child brings grief;

there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

The wicked accept bribes in secret

to pervert the course of justice.

A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,

but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

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