Gleanings from Proverbs 17

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts.

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

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

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

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

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

He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.