Proverbs 17 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet than to eat a big dinner in a house that is full of fighting. 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 shameful child. He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But the LORD tests our hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evil person listens to evil words. A liar pays attention to words that are harmful. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker. Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished. 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are like a crown to older people. 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 It isn't proper for foolish people to brag. And it certainly isn't proper for rulers to tell lies! 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 Money buys favors for those who give it. No matter where they turn, they succeed. 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Those who erase a sin by forgiving it show love. But those who talk about it come between close friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil person never wants to obey. An official who shows no mercy will be sent against him. 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 whose cubs have been stolen than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly. 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house of anyone who pays back evil for good. 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam. So drop the matter 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 two things. He hates it when the guilty are set free. He also hates it when those who aren't guilty are punished. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 What good is money in the hands of a foolish person? He doesn't want to become 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 at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man who has little sense agrees to pay what other people owe. It isn't wise to put up money for others. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 The one who loves to argue loves to sin. The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 If your heart is twisted, you won't succeed. If your tongue tells lies, you 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. The parents of a foolish person have no joy. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A cheerful heart makes you healthy. But a broken spirit dries you up. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret. Then he turns what is right into wrong. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view. But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else. 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish child makes his father sad and his mother sorry. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It isn't good to punish those who aren't guilty. It isn't good to whip officials just because they are honest. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 Anyone who has knowledge controls his words. A man who has understanding is not easily upset. 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 We think even a foolish person is wise if he keeps silent. We think he understands what is right if he controls his tongue. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.