Chapter 17

  1. 1. Better is a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith; then an house full of sacrifices with strife.
  2. 2. A wise seruant shall haue rule ouer a son that causeth shame: and shall haue part of the inheritance among the brethren.
  3. 3. The fining pot is for siluer, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
  4. 4. A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: and a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.
  5. 5. Whoso mocketh the poore, reproacheth his maker: and he that is glad at calamities, shall not be vnpunished.
  6. 6. Childrens children are the crowne of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.
  7. 7. Excellent speech becommeth not a foole: much lesse doe lying lippes a prince.
  8. 8. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoeuer it turneth, it prospereth.
  9. 9. He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue; but he that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends.
  10. 10. A reproofe entreth more into a wise man, then an hundred stripes into a foole.
  11. 11. An euill man seeketh onely rebellion; therefore a cruell messenger shall be sent against him.
  12. 12. Let a beare robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather then a foole in his folly.
  13. 13. Whoso rewardeth euill for good, euill shall not depart from his house.
  14. 14. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therfore leaue off contention, before it be medled with.
  15. 15. He that iustifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the iust: euen they both are abomination to the Lord.
  16. 16. Wherfore is there a price in the hand of a foole to get wisedome, seeing he hath no heart to it?
  17. 17. A friend loueth at all times, and a brother is borne for aduersitie.
  18. 18. A man void of vnderstanding striketh hands, and becommeth suretie in the presence of his friend.
  19. 19. He loueth transgression, that loueth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.
  20. 20. He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good, and he that hath a peruerse tongue, falleth into mischiefe.
  21. 21. He that begetteth a foole, doth it to his sorrow: and the father of a foole hath no ioy.
  22. 22. A merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
  23. 23. A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosome, to peruert the wayes of iudgement.
  24. 24. Wisedome is before him that hath vnderstanding: but the eyes of a foole are in the ends of the earth.
  25. 25. A foolish sonne is a griefe to his father, & bitternes to her that bare him.
  26. 26. Also to punish the iust is not good, nor to strike princes for equitie.
  27. 27. He that hath knowledge, spareth his words: and a man of vnderstanding is of an excellent spirit.
  28. 28. Euen a foole, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of vnderstanding.

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