1750 Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims (DR)
1 From this chapter to the five and twentieth are sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.
17:1 ¶ Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.
17:2 A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren.
17:3 As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.
17:4 The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.
17:5 He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his maker: and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.
17:7 Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.
17:8 The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.
17:9 He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.
17:10 A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.
17:11 An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him.
17:12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly.
17:13 He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.
17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God.
17:16 What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.
17:17 He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.
17:18 A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend.
17:19 He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin.
17:20 He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.
17:21 A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.
17:22 A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones.
17:23 The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.
17:24 Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him.
17:26 It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right.
17:27 He that setteth bounds to his words, is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit.
17:28 Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding.
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