1901 American Standard Version (ASV)
1 From this chapter to the five and twentieth are sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.
17:1 ¶ Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
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.
17:4 An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; [And] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.
17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.
17:8 A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.
17:10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.
17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14 The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.
17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding?
17:17 A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.
17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.
17:20 He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
17:21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.
17:22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
17:23 A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.
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.
17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him.
17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness.
17:27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent.