Proverbs 17 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it 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 servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; 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 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity 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 old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So 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 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense? 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 adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And 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 receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on 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 who bore him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit 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, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.