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Proverbs 17 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A servant who does wisely will have rule over a son causing shame, and will have his part in the heritage among brothers. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoever makes sport of the poor puts shame on his Maker; and he who is glad because of trouble will not go free from punishment. 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 is their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He who keeps a sin covered is looking for love; but he who keeps on talking of a thing makes division between friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A word of protest goes deeper into one who has sense than a hundred blows into a foolish man. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 It is better to come face to face with a bear whose young ones have been taken away than with a foolish man acting foolishly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone gives back evil for good, evil will never go away from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 He who gives a decision for the evil-doer and he who gives a decision against the upright, are equally disgusting to the Lord. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 The lover of fighting is a lover of sin: he who makes high his doorway is looking for destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 Nothing good comes to him whose heart is fixed on evil purposes: and he who has an evil tongue will come to trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He who has an unwise son gets sorrow for himself, and the father of a foolish son has no joy. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is before the face of him who has sense; but the eyes of the foolish are on 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 bitter pain to her who gave him birth. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 To give punishment to the upright is not good, or to give blows to the noble for their righteousness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who has knowledge says little: and he who has a calm spirit is a man of good sense. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even the foolish man, when he keeps quiet, is taken to be wise: when his lips are shut he is credited with good sense. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.