Proverbs 17 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Proverbs 17


Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 17:2

A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Proverbs 17:3

The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts.

Proverbs 17:4

An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Proverbs 17:5

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; [And] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

Proverbs 17:7

Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

Proverbs 17:8

A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Proverbs 17:9

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 17:10

A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 17:11

An evil man seeketh only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

Proverbs 17:12

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 17:13

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

Proverbs 17:15

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

Proverbs 17:16

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding?

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:18

A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.

Proverbs 17:19

He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.

Proverbs 17:20

He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Proverbs 17:21

He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

Proverbs 17:23

A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

Proverbs 17:24

Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:25

A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him.

Proverbs 17:26

Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness.

Proverbs 17:27

He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent.

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