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. 1Dry crumbs in peace are better than a full meal 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 prudent servant will rule in place of a disgraceful son and will share in the inheritance among brothers.
3The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts. 3The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold— but the LORD assays hearts.
4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 4Whoever practices evil pays attention to wicked speech, and the liar listens to malicious talk.
5The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished. 5Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker, and whoever is happy about disaster 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 pride of children is their parents.
7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 7Appropriate speech is inconsistent with the fool; how much more are deceitful statements with a prince!
8A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds. 8A bribe works wonders in the eyes of its giver; wherever he turns he prospers.
9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 9Anyone who overlooks an offense promotes love, but someone who gossips separates close friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 10A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding than a hundred lashes to a fool.
11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11A rebellious person seeks evil; a cruel emissary will be sent to oppose 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's better to meet a mother bear who has lost her cubs than a fool in his stupidity.
13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 13The person who repays good with evil will never see evil leave his home.
14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out! 14Starting a quarrel is like spilling water— so drop the dispute before it escalates.
15The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent--both of them are an abomination to the LORD. 15Exonerating the wicked and condemning the righteous are both detestable to the LORD.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 16What is this? A fool has enough money to buy wisdom, but is senseless?
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 there for times of trouble.
18The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 18A man who lacks sense cosigns a loan, becoming a guarantor for his neighbor.
19The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 19The person who loves transgression loves strife; the person who builds a high gate 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 person whose mind is perverse does not find good, and anyone with perverted speech falls into trouble.
21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 21The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow— 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 drains one's strength.
23A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice. 23The wicked man takes a bribe in secret in order to pervert 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. 24A person with understanding has wisdom as his objective, but a fool looks only to earthly goals.
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 his mother.
26It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong. 26Furthermore, it isn't good to fine the righteous, or to beat an official because of his uprightness.
27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 27Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable; anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding.
28Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. 28Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent; he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.
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