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Proverbs 17

RSV 1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet 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. RSV 2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. NIV 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. RSV 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tries hearts. NIV 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. RSV 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue. NIV 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. RSV 5 He who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad 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. RSV 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of sons is their fathers. NIV 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. RSV 7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. NIV 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler! RSV 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers. NIV 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds. RSV 9 He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend. NIV 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. RSV 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. NIV 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. RSV 11 An evil man seeks 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. RSV 12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly. NIV 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. RSV 13 If a man 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. RSV 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out. NIV 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. RSV 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD. NIV 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both. RSV 16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind? NIV 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? RSV 17 A friend loves 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. RSV 18 A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes 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. RSV 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. NIV 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. RSV 20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity. NIV 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. RSV 21 A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy. NIV 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool. RSV 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. NIV 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. RSV 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice. NIV 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice. RSV 24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on 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. RSV 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father 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. RSV 26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong. NIV 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity. RSV 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has 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. RSV 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. NIV 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.