Proverbs 17 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Better a dry morsel and quiet with it than a house filled [with] feasts of strife. 2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully, and in the midst of brothers he will share his inheritance. 3 A crucible [is] for the silver, and a furnace [is] for the gold, but Yahweh will test hearts. 4 He who does evil listens to lips of wickedness, [and] the liar gives heed to the tongue of mischief. 5 He who mocks the poor insults him who made him; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 The crown of the elderly [are] {grandchildren},a and the glory of children [is] their fathers. 7 {Fine speech}b [is] not becoming a fool, {still less}c [is] {false speech}d for a ruler. 8 The bribe [is] a stone of magic in the eyes of its owner;e {everywhere}f he will turn, he will prosper. 9 He who forgives an affront fosters love, but he who waits on a matter will alienate a friend. 10 A rebuke strikes him who understands deeper than one hundred blows to a fool. 11 An evil person will seek only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 [May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly. 13 [For] he who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 14 [Like] the release of water [is] the beginning of strife; before it breaks out, stop the quarrel. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, the two of them [are] both abominations of Yahweh. 16 Why [is] this? A price in the hand of a fool, [in order] to buy wisdom whereg there is no {sense}.h 17 The friend loves at all timesi, but a brother is born for adversity. 18 A person who lacks {sense}j {pledges};k he becomes security before his neighbor. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his high thresholds seeks destruction. 20 He who is crooked of heartl will not find goodness, and he who is perverse, by his tongue he will fall into calamity. 21 He who begets a fool, [there is] trouble for him; the father of a fool will not rejoice. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast spirit will dry out bones. 23 The wicked will accept a bribe from the lap, [in order] to pervert the ways of justice. 24 He who understands sets [his] face [toward] wisdom, but the eyes of a fool, to the end of the earth.m 25 A grief to his father [is] the child of a fool, and bitterness to her who bore him. 26 Also, imposing a fine on the righteous is not good, [nor] to flog nobles for uprightness. 27 He who spares his sayings knows knowledge, and a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool who keeps silent {shall be considered wise};n he who closes his lips [is] intelligent.
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