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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 17

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1 Better is a dry morsell, if peace be with it, then an house full of sacrifices with strife.

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2 A discrete seruant shall haue rule ouer a lewde sonne, and hee shall deuide the heritage among the brethren.

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3 As is the fining pot for siluer, and the fornace for golde, so the Lord trieth the heartes.

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4 The wicked giueth heed to false lippes, and a lyer hearkeneth to the naughtie tongue.

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5 Hee that mocketh the poore, reprocheth him, that made him: and he that reioyceth at destruction, shall not be vnpunished.

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6 Childres children are the crowne of the elders: and the glory of ye children are their fathers.

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7 Hie talke becommeth not a foole, much lesse a lying talke a prince.

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8 A rewarde is as a stone pleasant in the eyes of them that haue it: it prospereth, whithersoeuer it turneth.

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9 Hee that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue: but hee that repeateth a matter, separateth the prince.

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10 A reproofe entereth more into him that hath vnderstanding, then an hundreth stripes into a foole.

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11 A sedicious person seeketh onely euill, and a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

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12 It is better for a man to meete a beare robbed of her whelpes, then a foole in his follie.

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13 He that rewardeth euil for good, euil shall not depart from his house.

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14 The beginning of strife is as one that openeth the waters: therefore or the contention be medled with, leaue off.

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15 He that iustifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the iust, euen they both are abomination to the Lord.

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16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of the foole to get wisdome, and he hath none heart?

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17 A friende loueth at all times: and a brother is borne for aduersitie.

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18 A man destitute of vnderstanding, toucheth the hande, and becommeth suretie for his neighbour.

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19 He loueth transgression, that loueth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.

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20 The froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a naughtie tongue, shall fall into euill.

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21 He that begetteth a foole, getteth himselfe sorow, and the father of a foole can haue no ioy.

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22 A ioyfull heart causeth good health: but a sorowfull minde dryeth the bones.

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23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosome to wrest the wayes of iudgement.

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24 Wisdome is in the face of him that hath vnderstanding: but the eyes of a foole are in the corners of the world.

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25 A foolish sonne is a griefe vnto his father, and a heauines to her that bare him.

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26 Surely it is not good to condemne the iust, nor that ye princes should smite such for equitie.

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27 Hee that hath knowledge, spareth his wordes, and a man of vnderstanding is of an excellent spirit.

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28 Euen a foole (when he holdeth his peace) is counted wise, and hee that stoppeth his lips, prudent.

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