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 eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
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 the master’s disgraceful son and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.
3The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts. 3Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 4Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.
5The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished. 5Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.
6Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents. 6Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.
7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 7Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.
8A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds. 8A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!
9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 9Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 10A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished.
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 safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.
13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 13If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your house.
14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out! 14Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop 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— 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? 16It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.
17A friend loves at all times, and a relative is born to help in adversity. 17A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
18The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 18It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for a friend.
19The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 19Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.
20The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble. 20The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.
21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 21It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.
22A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
23A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice. 23The wicked take secret bribes 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. 24Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, 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. 25Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.
26It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong. 26It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest.
27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 27A truly wise person uses few words; a person with 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 when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
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