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Proverbs 17 (New American Standard)

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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of afeasting with 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. 4 An 4evildoer listens to wicked lips; A bliar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 He who mocks the 5poor taunts his Maker; He who 6rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 7Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the 8glory of sons is their fathers. 7 c9Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are 10lying lips to a prince. 8 A 11bribe is a dcharm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 9 He who 12conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter 13separates intimate friends. 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. 13 He who 16returns evil for good, 17Evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So 18abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15 He who 19justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to 20buy wisdom, When ehe has no sense? 17 A 21friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man lacking in fsense g22pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor. 19 He who 23loves transgression loves strife; He who 24raises his door seeks destruction. 20 He who has a crooked hmind 25finds no good, And he who is 26perverted in his language falls into evil. 21 He who 27sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A 28joyful heart iis good medicine, But a broken spirit 29dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man receives a 30bribe from the bosom To 31pervert the ways of justice. 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. 25 A 33foolish son is a grief to his father And 34bitterness to her who bore him. 26 It is also not good to 35fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27 He who 36restrains his words jhas knowledge, And he who has a 37cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool, when he 38keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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