Proverbs 17 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; [And] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.