Proverbs 17 NIV

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting,a with strife.1

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    • a 17:1 - Hebrew "sacrifices"
      2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
      3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,2 but the LORD tests the heart.3

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      4 A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
      5 He who mocks the poor4 shows contempt for their Maker;5 whoever gloats over disaster6 will not go unpunished.7

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      6 Children's children8 are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

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      7 Arrogantb lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!9

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        • b 17:7 - Or "Eloquent"
          8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.10

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          9 He who covers over an offense promotes love,11 but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.12

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          10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
          11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
          12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.13

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          13 If a man pays back evil14 for good,15 evil will never leave his house.

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          14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.16

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          15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent17-- the LORD detests them both.18

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          16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?19

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          17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.20

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          18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.21

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          19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
          20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
          21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.22

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          22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed23 spirit dries up the bones.24

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          23 A wicked man accepts a bribe25 in secret to pervert the course of justice.26

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          24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes27 wander to the ends of the earth.

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          25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.28

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          26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,29 or to flog officials for their integrity.

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          27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,30 and a man of understanding is even-tempered.31

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          28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.32

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