Proverbs 17 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better a dry crust with peace 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 wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among 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 smelter for gold, but the Lord is a tester of hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, and one who rejoices over disaster 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 elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes 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; 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 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop 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 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom? 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 a difficult time. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; 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 joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool's eyes roam 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 son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person, or to beat a noble for his honesty. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head 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 is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.