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Proverbs 17 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace than to have a feast where there is quarreling. 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over the master's disgraceful child and will even inherit a share of what the master leaves his children. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 A hot furnace tests silver and gold, but the Lord tests hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 Evil people listen to evil words. Liars pay attention to cruel words. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker; whoever enjoys someone's trouble will be punished. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Old people are proud of their grandchildren, and children are proud of their parents. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Fools should not be proud, and rulers should not be liars. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 Some people think they can pay others to do anything they ask. They think it will work every time. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Whoever forgives someone's sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Disobedient people look only for trouble, so 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 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool doing foolish things. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever gives evil in return for good will always have trouble at home. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 Starting a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before a fight breaks out. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 The Lord hates both of these things: freeing the guilty and punishing the innocent. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 It won't do a fool any good to try to buy wisdom, because he doesn't have the ability to be wise. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 It is not wise to promise to pay what your neighbor owes. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves to argue loves to sin. Whoever brags a lot is asking for trouble. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 A person with an evil heart will find no success, and the person whose words are evil will get into trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 It is sad to have a foolish child; there is no joy in being the parent of a fool. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 When the wicked accept money to do wrong there can be no justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 The person with understanding is always looking for wisdom, but the mind of a fool wanders everywhere. 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son makes his father sad and causes his mother great sorrow. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is not good to punish the innocent or to beat leaders for being honest. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 The smart person says very little, and one with understanding stays calm. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools seem to be wise if they keep quiet; if they don't speak, they appear to understand. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.