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Proverbs 17 DBY/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, 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 shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh a poor [man] reproacheth his Maker; he that is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble! 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A reproof entereth more deeply into him that hath understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion; but a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The beginning of contention is [as] when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are abomination to Jehovah. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he] hath no sense? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 The friend loveth 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 senseless man striketh hands, becoming surety for his neighbour. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth a quarrel; he that maketh high his gate seeketh destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow, and the father of a vile [man] hath 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 promoteth healing; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the paths of judgment. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in 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 that bore him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 To punish a righteous [man] is not good, nor to strike nobles because of [their] uprightness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words; and a man of understanding is of a cool spirit. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is reckoned wise, [and] he that shutteth his lips, intelligent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.