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Proverbs 17 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A wise servant ruleth over a son causing shame, And in the midst of brethren He apportioneth an inheritance. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 A refining pot [is] for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts [is] Jehovah. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoso is mocking at the poor Hath reproached his Maker, Whoso is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Sons' sons [are] the crown of old men, And the glory of sons [are] their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A stone of grace [is] the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 Rebuke cometh down on the intelligent More than a hundred stripes on a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion, And a fierce messenger is sent against him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And -- not a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso is returning evil for good, Evil moveth not from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The beginning of contention [is] a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these [are] an abomination to Jehovah. 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 to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking heart is striking hands, A surety he becometh before his friend. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 The face of the intelligent [is] to wisdom, And the eyes of a fool -- at 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 provocation to his father [is] a foolish son, And bitterness to her that bare him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 One acquainted with knowledge is sparing his words, And the cool of temper [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 keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent! 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.