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[1] Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife. [2] A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren. [3] As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts. [4] The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips. [5] He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that rejoiceth at another man' s ruin, shall not be unpunished.

[6] Children' s children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers. [7] Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince. [8] The expectation of him that expecteth, is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. [9] He that concealeth a transgression. seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends. [10] A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

[11] An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him. [12] It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly. [13] He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. [14] The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: before he suffereth reproach he forsaketh judgment. [15] He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God.

[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] He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress. [18] A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend. [19] He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin. [20] He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

[21] A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool. [22] A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones. [23] The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment. [24] Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth. [25] A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him.

[26] It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right. [27] He that setteth bounds to his words. is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit. [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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