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Proverbs 17:23-25 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

23 A guilty person takes out a bribe from the pocket,
    thus perverting the course of justice.[a]
24 On the countenance of a discerning person is wisdom,
    but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.[b]
25 A foolish son is vexation to his father,
    and bitter sorrow to her who bore him.


  1. 17:23 A sharp look at the sly withdrawing of a bribe from the pocket and a blunt judgment on its significance.
  2. 17:24 Wisdom is visible on the countenance (i.e., mouth, lips, tongue) of the wise person; its ultimate source is the heart. Fools have no such source of wisdom within them, a point that is nicely made by referring to the eye of the fool, roving over the landscape.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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