Proverbs 17 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Better is a dry morsel with joy, than an house full of sacrifices with chiding, (or with arguments). 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A wise servant shall be lord of fond sons; and he shall part heritage among brethren. (A wise servant shall be lord over his master's foolish sons and daughters; and in time he shall have part of the inheritance, along with the brothers and the sisters.) 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 As silver is proved by fire, and gold is proved by a chimney, so the Lord proveth hearts. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 An evil man obeyeth to a wicked tongue; and a false man obeyeth to false lips. (An evil person obeyeth a wicked tongue; and a liar obeyeth lies.) 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
5 He that despiseth a poor man, reproveth his maker; and he that is glad in the falling of another man, shall not be unpunished. (He who despiseth the poor, rebuketh his Maker; and he who is glad in the falling of another person, shall not go unpunished.) 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 The crown of eld men is the sons of sons; and the glory of sons is the fathers of them. 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Words well-set together beseem not a fool; and a lying lip becometh not a prince. (Words put together well become not a fool; and lies become not a leader.) 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A precious stone most acceptable is the abiding of him that seeketh; whither ever he turneth himself, he understandeth prudently. (A gift, or a bribe, is like a most acceptable precious stone in the eyes of him who receiveth it; wherever it goeth, it bringeth prosperity to he who giveth it.) 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 He that covereth trespass, seeketh friendships; he that rehearseth by an high word (but he who remembereth a wrong), separateth them that (should) be knit together in peace. 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A blaming profiteth more at a prudent man, than an hundred wounds at a fool. (A rebuke more profiteth a prudent man, than an hundred wounds to a fool.) 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Ever an evil man seeketh strives; forsooth a cruel angel shall be sent against him. (An evil person forevermore seeketh out strife, or arguments; but 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 It speedeth more to meet a female bear, when her whelps be ravished, than a fool trusting to himself in his folly. (It is better to meet a female bear after she hath been robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting himself in his own foolishness.) 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
13 Evil shall not go away from the house of him, that yieldeth evils for goods (who giveth evil for good). 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14 He that letteth (out) water, is the head of strives, (or of arguments); and before that he suffereth wrong, he forsaketh doom (he deserteth judgement). 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Both he that justifieth a wicked man, and he that condemneth a just man, ever either is abominable to God. (Both he who justifieth a wicked person, and he who condemneth a righteous person, be abominable to God.) 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
16 What profiteth it to a fool to have riches, since he may not buy wisdom? (since he cannot buy wisdom?) He that maketh his house high, seeketh falling; and he that escheweth to learn, shall fall into evils. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
17 He that is a friend, loveth in all time; and a brother is proved in anguishes. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A fond man shall make joy with hands (A foolish person shall clap his hands, or shall rejoice), when he hath promised for his friend. 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.
19 He that bethinketh discords, loveth chidings; and he that enhanceth his mouth, seeketh falling. (He who thinketh up discord, loveth arguments; and he who exalteth his own mouth, seeketh his own downfall.) 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 He that is of wayward heart, shall not find good; and he that (mis-)turneth the tongue, shall fall into evil. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
21 A fool is born in his shame; but neither the father shall be glad in a fool. (A fool is born to his parents? shame; and the father shall never be glad, or have joy, over his foolish son.) 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.
22 A joyful soul maketh liking age (A joyful soul maketh a good life); a sorrowful spirit maketh dry bones. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh gifts from the bosom, to mis-turn the paths of doom. (A wicked person accepeth secret gifts, or bribes, to pervert the course of justice.) 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom shineth in the face of a prudent man; the eyes of fools be in the ends of earth. (Wisdom shineth in the face of the prudent; the eyes of fools be upon 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 fond son is the ire of the father, and the sorrow of the mother that bare him. 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is not good to bring in harm to a just man; neither to smite the prince that deemeth rightfully. (It is not good to harm the righteous; nor to strike the leader who ruleth rightfully.) 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He that measureth his words, is wise and prudent; and a learned man is of precious spirit. (He who measureth his words, is wise and prudent; and a learned person hath a precious spirit.) 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
28 Also a fool, if he is still, shall be guessed a wise man (Even a fool, if he is silent, shall be thought to be wise); and, if he presseth together his lips, he is guessed an understanding man. 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.