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Proverbs 17:9-11 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Whoever overlooks an offense fosters friendship,
    but whoever gossips about it separates friends.[a]
10 A single reprimand does more for a discerning person
    than a hundred lashes for a fool.[b]
11 The wicked pursue only rebellion,
    and a merciless messenger is sent against them.[c]


  1. 17:9 A paradox. One finds (love, friend) by concealing (an offense), one loses (a friend) by revealing (a secret). In 10:12 love also covers over a multitude of offenses.
  2. 17:10 A wonderful comment on the openness and sensitivity of the wise and the foolish. One type learns from a single word and for the other one hundred blows are not enough.
  3. 17:11 The irony is that such people will meet up with what they so energetically pursue—in the form of an unrelenting emissary sent to them.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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