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Proverbs 17

LEB 1 Better a dry morsel and quiet with it than a house filled [with] feasts of strife. NIV 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. LEB 2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully, and in the midst of brothers he will share his inheritance. NIV 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. LEB 3 A crucible [is] for the silver, and a furnace [is] for the gold, but Yahweh will test hearts. NIV 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. LEB 4 He who does evil listens to lips of wickedness, [and] the liar gives heed to the tongue of mischief. NIV 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. LEB 5 He who mocks the poor insults him who made him; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. NIV 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. LEB 6 The crown of the elderly [are] {grandchildren}, and the glory of children [is] their fathers. NIV 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. LEB 7 {Fine speech} [is] not becoming a fool, {still less} [is] {false speech} for a ruler. NIV 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler! LEB 8 The bribe [is] a stone of magic in the eyes of its owner; {everywhere} he will turn, he will prosper. NIV 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds. LEB 9 He who forgives an affront fosters love, but he who waits on a matter will alienate a friend. NIV 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. LEB 10 A rebuke strikes him who understands deeper than one hundred blows to a fool. NIV 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. LEB 11 An evil person will seek only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. NIV 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him. LEB 12 [May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly. NIV 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. LEB 13 [For] he who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. NIV 13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. LEB 14 [Like] the release of water [is] the beginning of strife; before it breaks out, stop the quarrel. NIV 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. LEB 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, the two of them [are] both abominations of Yahweh. NIV 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both. LEB 16 Why [is] this? A price in the hand of a fool, [in order] to buy wisdom where there is no {sense}. NIV 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? LEB 17 The friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for adversity. NIV 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. LEB 18 A person who lacks {sense} {pledges}; he becomes security before his neighbor. NIV 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. LEB 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his high thresholds seeks destruction. NIV 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. LEB 20 He who is crooked of heart will not find goodness, and he who is perverse, by his tongue he will fall into calamity. NIV 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. LEB 21 He who begets a fool, [there is] trouble for him; the father of a fool will not rejoice. NIV 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool. LEB 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast spirit will dry out bones. NIV 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. LEB 23 The wicked will accept a bribe from the lap, [in order] to pervert the ways of justice. NIV 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice. LEB 24 He who understands sets [his] face [toward] wisdom, but the eyes of a fool, to the end of the earth. NIV 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth. LEB 25 A grief to his father [is] the child of a fool, and bitterness to her who bore him. NIV 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. LEB 26 Also, imposing a fine on the righteous is not good, [nor] to flog nobles for uprightness. NIV 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity. LEB 27 He who spares his sayings knows knowledge, and 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. LEB 28 Even a fool who keeps silent {shall be considered wise}; he who closes his lips [is] intelligent. NIV 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.