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Proverbs 17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

17 Better a dry piece of bread with calm
    than a house full of food but also full of strife.

An intelligent slave will rule a shameful son
    and share the inheritance with the brothers.

The crucible [tests] silver, and the furnace [tests] gold,
    but the one who tests hearts is Adonai.

An evildoer heeds wicked lips;
    a liar listens to destructive talk.

He who mocks the poor insults his maker;
    he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
    while the glory of children is their ancestors.

Fine speech is unbecoming to a boor,
    and even less lying lips to a leader.

A bribe works like a charm, in the view of him who gives it —
    wherever it turns, it succeeds.

He who conceals an offense promotes love,
    but he who harps on it can separate even close friends.

10 A rebuke makes more impression on a person of understanding
    than a hundred blows on a fool.

11 An evil person seeks only rebellion,
    but a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12 Rather meet a bear robbed of its cubs
    than encounter a fool in his folly.
13 Evil will not depart from the house
    of him who returns evil for good.

14 Starting a fight is like letting water through [a dike] —
    better stop the quarrel before it gets worse.

15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous —
    both alike are an abomination to Adonai.

16 Why would a fool wish to pay for wisdom
    when he has no desire to learn?

17 A friend shows his friendship at all times —
    it is for adversity that [such] a brother is born.

18 He who gives his hand to guarantee a loan
    for his neighbor lacks good sense.

19 Those who love quarreling love giving offense;
    those who make their gates tall are courting disaster.

20 A crooked-hearted person will find nothing good,
    and the perverse of speech will end in calamity.

21 He who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow,
    and the father of a boor has no joy.

22 A happy heart is good medicine,
    but low spirits sap one’s strength.

23 From under a cloak a bad man takes a bribe
    to pervert the course of justice.

24 The discerning person focuses on wisdom there before him,
    but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A son who is a fool means anger for his father
    and bitterness for the mother who gave him birth.

26 To punish the innocent is not right,
    likewise to flog noble people for their uprightness.

27 A knowledgeable person controls his tongue;
    a discerning person controls his temper.

28 Even a fool, if he stays silent, is thought wise;
    he who keeps his mouth shut can pass for smart.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 17 New International Version (NIV)

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

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
    and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.

A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

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

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
    how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
    they think success will come at every turn.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
    more than a hundred lashes a fool.

11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
    the messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than a fool bent on folly.

13 Evil will never leave the house
    of one who pays back evil for good.

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

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent
    the Lord detests them both.

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
    when they are not able to understand it?

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

18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
    and puts up security for a neighbor.

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
    whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
    one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
    there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

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

23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
    to pervert the course of justice.

24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
    but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

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

26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
    surely to flog honest officials is not right.

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.

New International Version (NIV)

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