Proverbs 17:1 (NIV)
1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Proverbs 17:5-6 (NIV)
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Proverbs 17:9-10 (NIV)
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Proverbs 17:12-15 (NIV)
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the Lord detests them both.
Proverbs 17:17,19 (NIV)
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
Proverbs 17:26-28 (NIV)
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.