Proverbs 17:1-14, The Lord Tests Hearts


1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it

Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,

And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

But the Lord tests hearts.

4An evildoer listens to wicked lips;

A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;

He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

6Grandchildren are the crown of old men,

And the glory of sons is their fathers.

7Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,

Much less are lying lips to a prince.

8A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9He who conceals a transgression seeks love,

But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

10A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding

Than a hundred blows into a fool.

11A rebellious man seeks only evil,

So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his folly.

13He who returns evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

14The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: Why should I seek resolution and not disagreement?