Proverbs 17 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better a dry morsel and quiet with it than a house filled [with] feasts of strife. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully, and in the midst of brothers he will share his inheritance. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 A crucible [is] for the silver, and a furnace [is] for the gold, but Yahweh will test hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 He who does evil listens to lips of wickedness, [and] the liar gives heed to the tongue of mischief. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor insults him who made him; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 The crown of the elderly [are] {grandchildren}, 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 {Fine speech} [is] not becoming a fool, {still less} [is] {false speech} for a ruler. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 The bribe [is] a stone of magic in the eyes of its owner; {everywhere} he will turn, he will prosper. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He who forgives an affront fosters love, but he who waits on a matter will alienate a friend. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke strikes him who understands deeper than one hundred blows to a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil person will seek only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 [May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 [For] he who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 [Like] the release of water [is] the beginning of strife; before it breaks out, stop the quarrel. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, the two of them [are] both abominations of Yahweh. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why [is] this? A price in the hand of a fool, [in order] to buy wisdom where there is no {sense}. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 The friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A person who lacks {sense} {pledges}; he becomes security before his neighbor. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his high thresholds seeks destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 He who is crooked of heart will not find goodness, and he who is perverse, by his tongue he will fall into calamity. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He who begets a fool, [there is] trouble for him; the father of a fool will not rejoice. 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 good medicine, but a downcast spirit will dry out bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked will accept a bribe from the lap, [in order] to pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 He who understands sets [his] face [toward] wisdom, but the eyes of a fool, to the end 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 grief to his father [is] the child of a fool, and bitterness to her who bore him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 Also, imposing a fine on the righteous is not good, [nor] to flog nobles for uprightness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who spares his sayings knows knowledge, and 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 who keeps silent {shall be considered wise}; he who closes his lips [is] intelligent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.