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 crust with peace and quiet 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 prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts. 3The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 4A wicked person listens to deceitful 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. 5Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents. 6Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 7Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse 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 seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 9Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 10A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12It is better for a person to meet a mother bear being robbed of her cubs, than to encounter a fool in his folly. 12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 13Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.
14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out! 14Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute 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 innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 16Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?
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 a time of adversity.
18The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 18One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.
19The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 19Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever 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. 20One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 21To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
22A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice. 23The wicked accept bribes in secret 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 discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes 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 the mother who bore him.
26It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong. 26If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 27The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. 28Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
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