Proverbs Chapter 17 Bible in Basic English

Proverbs 17:1

Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:3

The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.

Proverbs 17:4

A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:6

Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Proverbs 17:7

Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:10

A word of protest goes deeper into one who has sense than a hundred blows into a foolish man.

Proverbs 17:11

An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:13

If anyone gives back evil for good, evil will never go away from his house.

Proverbs 17:14

The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:16

How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense?

Proverbs 17:17

A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble.

Proverbs 17:18

A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour.

Proverbs 17:19

The lover of fighting is a lover of sin: he who makes high his doorway is looking for destruction.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:21

He who has an unwise son gets sorrow for himself, and the father of a foolish son has no joy.

Proverbs 17:22

A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.

Proverbs 17:23

A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause.

Proverbs 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.

Proverbs 17:25

A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitter pain to her who gave him birth.

Proverbs 17:26

To give punishment to the upright is not good, or to give blows to the noble for their righteousness.

Proverbs 17:27

He who has knowledge says little: and he who has a calm spirit is a man of good sense.

Proverbs 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.