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Proverbs 17 RSV/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 son who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 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, and the LORD tries hearts. 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 He who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is 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 sons 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 to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. 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 him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil man seeks 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 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 If a man 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 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 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 are both alike an abomination to the LORD. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind? 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 a brother is born for adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of 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 makes his door high seeks destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father 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 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool 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 bitterness to her who bore him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has 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 is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.