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More Words of Wisdom
2 A prudent servant will rule in place of a disgraceful son
and will share in the inheritance among brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver
and the furnace for gold—
but the Lord assays hearts.
4 Whoever practices evil pays attention to wicked speech,
and the liar listens to malicious talk.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker,
and whoever is happy about disaster
will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the pride of children is their parents.
7 Appropriate speech is inconsistent with the fool;
how much more are deceitful statements[c] with a prince!
8 A bribe works wonders[d] in the eyes of its giver;
wherever he turns he prospers.
9 Anyone who overlooks[e] an offense promotes love,
but someone who gossips separates close friends.
10 A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding
than a hundred lashes to a fool.
11 A rebellious person seeks evil;
a cruel emissary will be sent to oppose him.
12 It’s better to meet a mother bear who has lost her cubs
than a fool in his stupidity.
13 The person who repays good with evil
will never see[f] evil leave his home.
14 Starting a quarrel is like spilling water—
so drop the dispute before it escalates.
15 Exonerating the wicked and condemning the righteous
are both detestable to the Lord.
16 What is this? A fool has enough money to buy wisdom,
but is senseless?[g]
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is there[h] for times of trouble.
19 The person who loves transgression loves strife;
the person who builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 The person whose mind[k] is perverse does not find good,
and anyone with perverted speech falls into trouble.
21 The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow—
the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit drains one’s strength.[l]
23 The wicked man takes a bribe in secret
in order to pervert the course of justice.
24 A person with understanding has wisdom as his objective,
but a fool looks only[m] to earthly goals.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to his mother.[n]
26 Furthermore, it isn’t good to fine the righteous,
or to beat an official because of his uprightness.
27 Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable;
anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent;
he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.
- Proverbs 17:1 Lit. quiet
- Proverbs 17:1 Lit. house full of meat
- Proverbs 17:7 Lit. lips
- Proverbs 17:8 Lit. A gift is a stone of favor
- Proverbs 17:9 Lit. covers
- Proverbs 17:13 The Heb. lacks will see
- Proverbs 17:16 Lit. but has no heart
- Proverbs 17:17 Lit. born
- Proverbs 17:18 Lit. heart
- Proverbs 17:18 Lit. sense strikes the palm
- Proverbs 17:20 Lit. heart
- Proverbs 17:22 Lit. spirit dries the bones
- Proverbs 17:24 The Heb. lacks only
- Proverbs 17:25 Lit. to the one who bore him