Proverbs 17:7-24 - The Consequences Of Being A Fool

7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.

8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.

11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

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

13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?

17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.

20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.