Proverbs 17 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A wise slave will rule over the master's shameful sons and will share their inheritance. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 Wrongdoers listen to wicked talk; liars pay attention to destructive words. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 The LORD despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 It is poor judgment to co-sign a friend's note, to become responsible for a neighbor's debts. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully invites disaster. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 The crooked heart will not prosper; the twisted tongue tumbles into trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel. 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 broken spirit saps a person's strength. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept secret bribes to pervert justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to 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 child brings grief to a father and bitterness to a mother. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is wrong to fine the godly for being good or to punish nobles for being honest! 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.