17:1 Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour.
17:2 A servant who does wisely will have rule over a son causing shame, and will have his part in the heritage among brothers.
17:3 The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.
17:4 A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue.
17:5 Whoever makes sport of the poor puts shame on his Maker; and he who is glad because of trouble will not go free from punishment.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.
17:7 Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler.
17:8 An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well.
17:9 He who keeps a sin covered is looking for love; but he who keeps on talking of a thing makes division between friends.
17:10 A word of protest goes deeper into one who has sense than a hundred blows into a foolish man.
17:11 An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him.
17:12 It is better to come face to face with a bear whose young ones have been taken away than with a foolish man acting foolishly.
17:13 If anyone gives back evil for good, evil will never go away from his house.
17:14 The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.
17:15 He who gives a decision for the evil-doer and he who gives a decision against the upright, are equally disgusting to the Lord.
17:16 How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense?
17:17 A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble.
17:18 A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour.
17:19 The lover of fighting is a lover of sin: he who makes high his doorway is looking for destruction.
17:20 Nothing good comes to him whose heart is fixed on evil purposes: and he who has an evil tongue will come to trouble.
17:21 He who has an unwise son gets sorrow for himself, and the father of a foolish son has no joy.
17:22 A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.
17:23 A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause.
17:24 Wisdom is before the face of him who has sense; but the eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitter pain to her who gave him birth.
17:26 To give punishment to the upright is not good, or to give blows to the noble for their righteousness.
17:27 He who has knowledge says little: and he who has a calm spirit is a man of good sense.
17:28 Even the foolish man, when he keeps quiet, is taken to be wise: when his lips are shut he is credited with good sense.