Proverbs 17-19 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 Better a dry crust eaten in peace
2 A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
7 Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;
8 A bribe is like a lucky charm;
9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding
11 Evil people are eager for rebellion,
12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
13 If you repay good with evil,
14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool,
17 A friend is always loyal,
18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
23 The wicked take secret bribes
24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
25 Foolish children[b] bring grief to their father
26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
27 A truly wise person uses few words;
28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
18 Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
2 Fools have no interest in understanding;
3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
4 Wise words are like deep waters;
5 It is not right to acquit the guilty
6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels;
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;
8 Rumors are dainty morsels
9 A lazy person is as bad as
10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;
13 Spouting off before listening to the facts
14 The human spirit can endure a sick body,
15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
16 Giving a gift can open doors;
17 The first to speak in court sounds right—
18 Flipping a coin[c] can end arguments;
19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
21 The tongue can bring death or life;
22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
23 The poor plead for mercy;
24 There are “friends” who destroy each other,
19 Better to be poor and honest
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
4 Wealth makes many “friends”;
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
6 Many seek favors from a ruler;
7 The relatives of the poor despise them;
8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury
11 Sensible people control their temper;
12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar,
13 A foolish child[d] is a calamity to a father;
14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth,
15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
16 Keep the commandments and keep your life;
17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—
18 Discipline your children while there is hope.
19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can,
21 You can make many plans,
22 Loyalty makes a person attractive.
23 Fear of the Lord leads to life,
24 Lazy people take food in their hand
25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson;
26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child,
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice;
29 Punishment is made for mockers,
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