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Proverbs 17 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better a dry crust with quiet than a house full of feasting with quarrels. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 An insightful servant rules over a disgraceful son and will divide an inheritance with the brothers. 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 silver and a furnace 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 pays attention to guilty lips; a liar listens to a destructive 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 rejoice in disaster won't 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 elderly, 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 Too much talking isn't right for a fool; even less so false speech for an honorable person. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe seems magical in the eyes of those who give it, granting success to all who use it. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 One who seeks love conceals an offense, but one who repeats it divides friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper to an understanding person than a hundred lashes to a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evil people seek only rebellion; 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 Safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than fools in their folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Evil will never depart from the house of those who return evil for good. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The start of a quarrel is like letting out water, so drop the dispute before it breaks out. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Judging the righteous wicked and the wicked righteous— the LORD detests both of these. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why should a fool have money to pay for wisdom? 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 Friends love all the time, and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One with no sense shakes hands on a deal, securing a loan for a friend. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 Those who love an offense love a quarrel; those who build a high doorway invite a collapse. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 Those with crooked hearts won't prosper, and those with twisted tongues will fall into trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 Having a fool for a son brings grief; there's no joy for a scoundrel's father. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A joyful heart helps healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked take secret bribes to twist the way of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is right in front of those with understanding, but the eyes of fools are off to the edges 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 irritating to his father and bitter to her who gave birth to him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It isn't good to punish the righteous, to strike the honorable for their integrity. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 Wise are those who restrain their talking; people with understanding are coolheaded. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Fools who keep quiet are deemed wise; those who shut their lips are smart. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.