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1Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool--how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--the LORD detests them both.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

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