Proverbs 17
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1Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 1Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.
2A servant who acts wisely will rule over an heir who behaves shamefully, and will share the inheritance along with the relatives. 2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers.
3The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts. 3A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.
4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 4A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.
5The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished. 5He who mocks the poor insults their Maker; whoever gloats over calamity will not go unpunished.
6Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents. 6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of a son is his father.
7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 7Eloquent words are unfit for a fool; how much worse are lying lips to a ruler!
8A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds. 8A bribe is a charm to its giver; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 9Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but he who brings it up separates friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 10A rebuke cuts into a man of discernment deeper than a hundred lashes cut into a fool.
11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12It is better for a person to meet a mother bear being robbed of her cubs, than to encounter a fool in his folly. 12It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 13If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out! 14To start a quarrel is to release a flood; so abandon the dispute before it breaks out.
15The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent--both of them are an abomination to the LORD. 15Acquitting the guilty and condemning the righteous—both are detestable to the LORD.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 16Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?
17A friend loves at all times, and a relative is born to help in adversity. 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 18A man lacking judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 19He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his gate high invites destruction.
20The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble. 20The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 21A man fathers a fool to his own grief; the father of a fool has no joy.
22A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice. 23A wicked man takes a covert bribe to subvert the course of justice.
24Wisdom is directly in front of the discerning person, but the eyes of a fool run to the ends of the earth. 24Wisdom is the focus of the discerning, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
25A foolish child is a grief to his father, and bitterness to the mother who bore him. 25A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
26It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong. 26It is surely not good to punish the innocent or to flog a noble for his honesty.
27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 27A man of knowledge restrains his words, and a man of understanding maintains a calm spirit.
28Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. 28Even a fool is considered wise if he keeps silent, and discerning when he holds his tongue.
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