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Proverbs 17 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) New International Version (NIV)
1 Better a bite of dry bread [eaten] in peace than a family feast filled with strife. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A wise slave will become master over a son who acts shamefully, and he will share the 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 The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but the one who purifies hearts [by fire] is the LORD. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips. A liar opens his ears to a slanderous tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoever makes fun of a poor person insults his maker. Whoever is happy [to see someone's] distress will not escape punishment. 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 grandparents, and parents are the glory of their children. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Refined speech is not fitting for a godless fool. How much less does lying fit a noble person! 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe seems [like] a jewel to the one 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 Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A reprimand impresses a person who has understanding more than a hundred lashes impress a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 A rebel looks for nothing but evil. Therefore, a cruel messenger will be sent [to punish] him. 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of its cubs than a fool [carried away] with his stupidity. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever pays back evil for good-- evil will never leave his home. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 Starting a quarrel is [like] opening a floodgate, so stop before the argument gets out of control. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Whoever approves of wicked people and whoever condemns righteous people is disgusting to the LORD. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he doesn't have a mind to grasp anything? 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend always loves, and a brother is born to share trouble. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A person without good sense closes a deal with a handshake. He guarantees a loan in the presence of his friend. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves sin loves a quarrel. Whoever builds his city gate high invites destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 A twisted mind never finds happiness, and one with a devious tongue [repeatedly] gets into trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 The parent of a fool has grief, and the father of a godless 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 depression drains one's strength. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked person secretly accepts a bribe to corrupt the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is directly in front of an understanding person, but the eyes of a fool [are looking around] all over the world. 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 heartache to his father and bitter grief to his mother. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 To punish an innocent person is not good. To strike down noble people is not right. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 Whoever has knowledge controls his words, and a person who has understanding is even-tempered. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even a stubborn fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent. He is considered intelligent if he keeps his lips sealed. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.