Proverbs 17:1-15

july 16

Today’s Scripture:

It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet
    than to eat a big dinner in a house full of fighting.

A wise servant will rule over a shameful child.
    He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member.

Fire tests silver, and heat tests gold.
    But the Lord tests our hearts.

Evil people listen to lies.
    Lying people listen to evil.

Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker.
    Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished.

Grandchildren are like a crown to older people.
    And children are proud of their parents.

Fancy words don’t belong in the mouths of ungodly fools.
    And lies certainly don’t belong in the mouths of rulers!

Those who give money think it will buy them favors.
    They think that no matter where they turn, they will succeed.

Whoever wants to show love forgives a wrong.
    But those who talk about it separate close friends.

10 A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning
    than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.

11 An evil person tries to keep others from obeying God.
    The messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen
    than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly.

13 Evil will never leave the house
    of anyone who pays back evil for good.

14 Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam.
    So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.

15 The 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.

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