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Proverbs 17

ASV 1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife. NIV 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. ASV 2 A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, And shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren. NIV 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. ASV 3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts. NIV 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. ASV 4 An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. NIV 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. ASV 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; [And] he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. NIV 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. ASV 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers. NIV 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. ASV 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince. NIV 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler! ASV 8 A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. NIV 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds. ASV 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends. NIV 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. ASV 10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool. NIV 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. ASV 11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. NIV 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him. ASV 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly. NIV 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. ASV 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house. NIV 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. ASV 14 The beginning of strife is [as] when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling. NIV 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. ASV 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. NIV 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both. ASV 16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding? NIV 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? ASV 17 A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity. NIV 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. ASV 18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor. NIV 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. ASV 19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction. NIV 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. ASV 20 He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. NIV 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. ASV 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy. NIV 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool. ASV 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones. NIV 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ASV 23 A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice. NIV 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice. ASV 24 Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. NIV 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth. ASV 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him. NIV 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. ASV 26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness. NIV 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity. ASV 27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding. NIV 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. ASV 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent. NIV 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.