Proverbs 17 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 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 deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, And shall have a part in the inheritance among the 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 Yahweh tests the hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evil-doer gives heed to wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. 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; The glory of children are their parents. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, Much less do lying lips fit a prince. 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him 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 He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates best friends. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred lashes into a fool. 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore 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 cubs 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 Whoever rewards 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 strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling 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 Yahweh. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no understanding? 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 void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes collateral 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 disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction. 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, And one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. 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 cheerful heart makes good medicine, But a crushed 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 in secret, To pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool wander to 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 brings 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 Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to flog officials for their integrity. 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered 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 counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.