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Proverbs 17 NAS

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.

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    • a 17:1 - Lit "sacrifices of strife"
      2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
      3 The 2refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But 3the LORD tests hearts.

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      4 An 4evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

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        • b 17:4 - Lit "falsehood"
          5 He who mocks the 5poor taunts his Maker; He who 6rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

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          6 7Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the 8glory of sons is their fathers.

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          7 9Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much * less are 10lying lips to a prince.

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            • c 17:7 - Lit "A lip of abundance"
              8 A 11bribe is a charm * in the sight of its owner; Wherever * * he turns, he prospers.

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                • d 17:8 - Lit "stone of favor"
                  9 He who 12conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter 13separates intimate friends.

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                  10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
                  11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
                  12 Let a 14man meet a 15bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

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                  13 He who 16returns evil for good, 17Evil will not depart from his house.

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                  14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So 18abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

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                  15 He who 19justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both * of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

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                  16 Why * is there a price in the hand of a fool to 20buy wisdom, When he has no sense?

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                    • e 17:16 - Lit "there is no heart"
                      17 A 21friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

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                      18 A man lacking in sense 22pledges * And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

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                        • f 17:18 - Lit "heart"
                        • g 17:18 - Lit "shakes hands"
                          19 He who 23loves transgression loves strife; He who 24raises his door seeks destruction.

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                          20 He who has a crooked mind 25finds no good, And he who is 26perverted in his language falls into evil.

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                          21 He who 27sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

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                          22 A 28joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit 29dries up the bones.

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                            • i 17:22 - Lit "causes good healing"
                              23 A wicked man receives a 30bribe from the bosom To 31pervert the ways of justice.

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                              24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the 32eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

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                              25 A 33foolish son is a grief to his father And 34bitterness to her who bore him.

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                              26 It is also not good to 35fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

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                              27 He who 36restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a 37cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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                              28 Even a fool, when he 38keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

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                              • a 17:1 - Lit "sacrifices of strife"
                              • b 17:4 - Lit "falsehood"
                              • c 17:7 - Lit "A lip of abundance"
                              • d 17:8 - Lit "stone of favor"
                              • e 17:16 - Lit "there is no heart"
                              • f 17:18 - Lit "heart"
                              • g 17:18 - Lit "shakes hands"
                              • h 17:20 - Lit "heart"
                              • i 17:22 - Lit "causes good healing"
                              • j 17:27 - Lit "knows"