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Proverbs 17

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1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

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

20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Victims. Of which part was used for a feast. C. vii. 14. C. — Sept. add, “of many goods, and unjust victims.” H.

Ver. 2. Brethren. Partaking with them, (Abenezra. T. M.) or rather acting as his master’s executor; which evinces the advantages of wisdom, so as to raise a slave above those whom his station requires him to serve. Such was Joseph, who was tried.

Ver. 4. Lips. They mutually deceive one another, as well as others.

Ver. 6. Fathers. Whose virtues they are bound to imitate.

Ver. 7. Eloquent. Sept. “faithful.” They cannot be expected from them.

Ver. 8. Expecteth heavenly things. Sept. “instruction is the reward of good deeds to those who use it.”

Ver. 9. Friends. Detractors cause dissensions, and even wars.

Ver. 10. Fools. “A word is enough for the wise.” Nobilis equus umbra virgæ regitur, ignavus ne calcari quidem. Q. Curt.

Ver. 11. Angel. Messenger of death, (M.) which is sometimes inflicted by good, at others by bad, angels of death, or satan. 2 Cor. xii. 7. Ps. lxxvii. 49.

Ver. 12. Fool. Heb. “fool in his folly.” The danger is not greater in meeting (C.) a female bear, though it be the most terrible. Arist. Anim. ix. 1.

Ver. 14. Water. It is scarcely possible to prevent the bad effects of detraction. Frequent quarrels have also risen on account of springs. Gen. xxvi. 20. — Judgment. And gives up the cause, as being much more prudent. Mat. v. 25. 40.

Ver. 15. God. We ought to suspend our judgment, or incline to the more favourable side. Matt. vii. 1. Rom. ii. 1.

Ver. 16. He, &c. is not here in Heb. though it be equivalently (v. 19.) where the Sept. are silent. C.

Ver. 17. Distress. Like the real friend. C. xviii. 24.

Ver. 18. Hands. Through joy, or as a mark of his consent.

Ver. 19. Door. Sixtus V. reads, “mouth:” as some explain the door to mean. A large door supposes that the house is elevated, and thus exposed to danger from winds, &c.

Ver. 24. Earth. Wandering and insatiable, and deeming the acquisition of wisdom too difficult.

Ver. 26. No good. But very criminal. See Jer. vii. 31.

Ver. 27. Precious and reserved spirit. This is a mark of wisdom. C.