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Proverbs 17 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet 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 slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the family. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue. 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 are glad 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 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it; wherever they turn they prosper. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes 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 deeper into a discerning person than a hundred blows into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evil people seek only rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against them. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs than to confront a fool immersed in folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Evil will not depart from the house of one who returns evil for good. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so stop before the quarrel breaks out. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 It is senseless to give a pledge, to become surety for a neighbor. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 One who loves transgression loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 The crooked of mind do not prosper, and the perverse of tongue fall into calamity. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 The one who begets a fool gets trouble; the parent of a fool 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 cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept a concealed bribe to pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 The discerning person looks to wisdom, but the eyes of a fool 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 Foolish children are a grief to their father and bitterness to her who bore them. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on the innocent is not right, or to flog the noble for their integrity. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 One who spares words is knowledgeable; one who is cool in spirit has understanding. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.