Proverbs 17:5-14

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;

whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,

and parents are the pride of their children.

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—

how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;

they think success will come at every turn.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,

but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

A rebuke impresses a discerning person

more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Evildoers foster rebellion against God;

the messenger of death will be sent against them.

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs

than a fool bent on folly.

Evil will never leave the house

of one who pays back evil for good.

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

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