Proverbs 17
NET BibleNew American Standard Bible 1995
1Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it 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 servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, 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 refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention 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 taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at 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 old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 7Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
8A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds. 8A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 9He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 10A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11A rebellious man seeks only evil, So 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. 12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 13He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out! 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel 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. 15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
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 in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of 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 raises his door seeks destruction.
20The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble. 20He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 21He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And 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 receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways 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 in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on 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 is a 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 also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool 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, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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