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Proverbs 17 World English Bible (WEB)

17 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
    than a house full of feasting with strife.
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame,
    and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,
    but Yahweh tests the hearts.
An evildoer heeds wicked lips.
    A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker.
    He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
Children’s children are the crown of old men;
    the glory of children are their parents.
Excellent speech isn’t fitting for a fool,
    much less do lying lips fit a prince.
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it;
    wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who covers an offense promotes love;
    but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding
    than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
    therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man,
    rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
    evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,
    therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,
    both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
    since he has no understanding?
17 A friend loves at all times;
    and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding strikes hands,
    and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves disobedience loves strife.
    One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
20 One who has a perverse heart doesn’t find prosperity,
    and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves.
    The father of a fool has no joy.
22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret,
    to pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding,
    but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father,
    and bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also to punish the righteous is not good,
    nor to flog officials for their integrity.
27 He who spares his words has knowledge.
    He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise.
    When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.

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Proverbs 17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

17 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of [a]feasting with strife.
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests hearts.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
A [b]liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;
He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.
[c]Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
Much less are lying lips to a prince.
A bribe is a [d]charm in the sight of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 He who returns evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When [e]he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in [f]sense [g]pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife;
He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked [h]mind finds no good,
And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart [i]is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He who restrains his words [j]has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 17:1 Lit sacrifices of strife
  2. Proverbs 17:4 Lit falsehood
  3. Proverbs 17:7 Lit A lip of abundance
  4. Proverbs 17:8 Lit stone of favor
  5. Proverbs 17:16 Lit there is no heart
  6. Proverbs 17:18 Lit heart
  7. Proverbs 17:18 Lit shakes hands
  8. Proverbs 17:20 Lit heart
  9. Proverbs 17:22 Lit causes good healing
  10. Proverbs 17:27 Lit knows
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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