Proverbs 17 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master's worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person's heart is tested by the Lord. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 Evil people listen to evil ideas, and liars listen to lies. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone's misfortune. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, just as children are proud of their parents. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Respected people do not tell lies, and fools have nothing worthwhile to say. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 Some people think a bribe works like magic; they believe it can do anything. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 An intelligent person learns more from one rebuke than a fool learns from being beaten a hundred times. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Death will come like a cruel messenger to wicked people who are always stirring up trouble. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 It is better to meet a mother bear robbed of her cubs than to meet some fool busy with a stupid project. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 If you repay good with evil, you will never get evil out of your house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Condemning the innocent or letting the wicked go - both are hateful to the Lord. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 It does a fool no good to spend money on an education, because he has no common sense. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble? 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 To like sin is to like making trouble. If you brag all the time, you are asking for trouble. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good - only disaster. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 There is nothing but sadness and sorrow for parents whose children do foolish things. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 Corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and then justice is not done. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 Foolish children bring grief to their fathers and bitter regrets to their mothers. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is not right to make an innocent person pay a fine; justice is perverted when good people are punished. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 After all, even fools may be thought wise and intelligent if they stay quiet and keep their mouths shut. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.