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Proverbs 17

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