1It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet than to eat a big dinner in a house that is full of fighting.2A wise servant will rule over a shameful child. He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member.3Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But the Lord tests our hearts.4An evil person listens to evil words. A liar pays attention to words that are harmful.5Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker. Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished.6Grandchildren are like a crown to older people. And children are proud of their parents.7It isn't proper for foolish people to brag. And it certainly isn't proper for rulers to tell lies!8Money buys favors for those who give it. No matter where they turn, they succeed.9Those who erase a sin by forgiving it show love. But those who talk about it come between close friends.10A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.11An evil person never wants to obey. An official who shows no mercy will be sent against him.12It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly.13Evil will never leave the house of anyone who pays back evil for good.14Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam. So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.15The Lord hates two things. He hates it when the guilty are set free. He also hates it when those who aren't guilty are punished.16What good is money in the hands of a foolish person? He doesn't want to become wise.17A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.18A man who has little sense agrees to pay what other people owe. It isn't wise to put up money for others.19The one who loves to argue loves to sin. The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed.20If your heart is twisted, you won't succeed. If your tongue tells lies, you will get into trouble.21It is sad to have a foolish child. The parents of a foolish person have no joy.22A cheerful heart makes you healthy. But a broken spirit dries you up.23Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret. Then he turns what is right into wrong.24Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view. But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else.25A foolish child makes his father sad and his mother sorry.26It isn't good to punish those who aren't guilty. It isn't good to whip officials just because they are honest.27Anyone who has knowledge controls his words. A man who has understanding is not easily upset.28We think even a foolish person is wise if he keeps silent. We think he understands what is right if he controls his tongue.
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1Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. (Pr 15:17)2A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. (2Sa 16:4; Pr 10:5; Pr 17:21; Pr 17:25; Pr 19:26)3The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. (1Ch 29:17; Ps 26:2; Pr 27:21; Jer 17:10; Mal 3:3)4An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (Job 31:29; Pr 14:31; Pr 16:5; Pr 24:17; Ob 1:12; Mt 25:40; Mt 25:45)6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. (Ps 127:3; Ps 128:6; Pr 16:31)7Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. (Pr 6:17; Pr 19:10; Pr 26:1)8A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers. (Ex 23:8; Pr 17:23; Pr 18:16; Pr 19:6; Pr 21:14; Isa 1:23; Am 5:12)9Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. (Pr 10:12; Pr 16:28)10A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.11An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. (1Ki 2:29)12Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool in his folly. (2Sa 17:8; Pr 27:3; Ho 13:8)13If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. (2Sa 12:10; Ps 35:12; Ps 109:4; Pr 20:22; Mt 5:39)14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. (Pr 20:3; Pr 25:8)15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord. (Ex 23:7; Job 34:17; Ps 94:21; Pr 17:26; Pr 18:5; Pr 24:24; Isa 5:23)16Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense? (Pr 23:23)17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Ru 1:16; Job 6:14; Pr 18:24; Pr 27:10)18One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.19Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. (Pr 11:2; Pr 29:23)20A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity. (Pr 11:20)21He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. (Pr 10:1; Pr 19:13)22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Ps 22:15; Pr 12:25; Pr 15:13)23The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. (Pr 17:8; Mic 3:11; Mic 7:3)24The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. (De 30:11; Pr 14:6; Pr 15:14; Ec 2:14)25A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him. (Pr 10:1; Pr 17:21; Pr 23:25)26To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. (Pr 17:15)27Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. (Pr 10:19; Jas 1:19)28Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Job 13:5)