17 Better is a piece of dry bread where there is peace*+
2 A servant with insight will rule over a son who acts shamefully;
He will share in the inheritance as one of the brothers.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker,+
And whoever rejoices over another’s disaster will not go unpunished.+
7 Upright* speech does not befit a fool.+
How much less does false speech befit a ruler!*+
9 Whoever forgives* a transgression seeks love,+
But the one who keeps harping on a matter separates close friends.+
10 A rebuke makes a deeper impression on one having understanding+
Than striking a stupid person a hundred times.+
15 Anyone who acquits the wicked one and anyone who condemns the righteous one+
—Both of them are detestable to Jehovah.
16 What good is it that the stupid one has the means to acquire wisdom
18 A man lacking good sense* shakes hands and agrees
19 The one who loves conflict loves transgression.+
Anyone who makes his entryway high invites a crash.+
20 The one who is crooked at heart will not find success,*+
And the one who speaks deceitfully will fall into ruin.
21 The one who fathers a stupid child will experience grief;
And the father of a senseless child has no joy.+
24 Wisdom is directly in front of the discerning person,
But the eyes of the stupid wander to the ends of the earth.+
26 To punish* the righteous one is not good,
And to flog honorable people goes against what is right.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent will be considered wise,
And the one who seals his lips, discerning.