Proverbs 17 Good News Translation (GNT)
17 Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble.
2 A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master's worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance.
3 Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person's heart is tested by the Lord.
4 Evil people listen to evil ideas, and liars listen to lies.
5 If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone's misfortune.
6 Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, just as children are proud of their parents.
7 Respected people do not tell lies, and fools have nothing worthwhile to say.
8 Some people think a bribe works like magic; they believe it can do anything.
9 If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship.
10 An intelligent person learns more from one rebuke than a fool learns from being beaten a hundred times.
11 Death will come like a cruel messenger to wicked people who are always stirring up trouble.
12 It is better to meet a mother bear robbed of her cubs than to meet some fool busy with a stupid project.
13 If you repay good with evil, you will never get evil out of your house.
14 The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further.
15 Condemning the innocent or letting the wicked go—both are hateful to the Lord.
16 It does a fool no good to spend money on an education, because he has no common sense.
17 Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble?
18 Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts.
19 To like sin is to like making trouble. If you brag all the time,[a] you are asking for trouble.
20 Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good—only disaster.
21 There is nothing but sadness and sorrow for parents whose children do foolish things.
22 Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.
23 Corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and then justice is not done.
24 An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.
25 Foolish children bring grief to their fathers and bitter regrets to their mothers.
26 It is not right to make an innocent person pay a fine; justice is perverted when good people are punished.
27 Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight. 28 After all, even fools may be thought wise and intelligent if they stay quiet and keep their mouths shut.
Proverbs 17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet
Proverbs 17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 Better a dry piece of bread with calm
2 An intelligent slave will rule a shameful son
3 The crucible [tests] silver, and the furnace [tests] gold,
4 An evildoer heeds wicked lips;
5 He who mocks the poor insults his maker;
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
7 Fine speech is unbecoming to a boor,
8 A bribe works like a charm, in the view of him who gives it —
9 He who conceals an offense promotes love,
10 A rebuke makes more impression on a person of understanding
11 An evil person seeks only rebellion,
12 Rather meet a bear robbed of its cubs
14 Starting a fight is like letting water through [a dike] —
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous —
16 Why would a fool wish to pay for wisdom
17 A friend shows his friendship at all times —
18 He who gives his hand to guarantee a loan
19 Those who love quarreling love giving offense;
20 A crooked-hearted person will find nothing good,
21 He who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow,
22 A happy heart is good medicine,
23 From under a cloak a bad man takes a bribe
24 The discerning person focuses on wisdom there before him,
26 To punish the innocent is not right,
27 A knowledgeable person controls his tongue;
28 Even a fool, if he stays silent, is thought wise;
Proverbs 17 The Message (MSG)
A Whack on the Head of a Fool
17 A meal of bread and water in contented peace
2 A wise servant takes charge of an unruly child
3 As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan,
4 Evil people relish malicious conversation;
5 Whoever mocks poor people insults their Creator;
6 Old people are distinguished by grandchildren;
7 We don’t expect eloquence from fools,
8 Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone;
9 Overlook an offense and bond a friendship;
10 A quiet rebuke to a person of good sense
11 Criminals out looking for nothing but trouble
12 Better to meet a grizzly robbed of her cubs
13 Those who return evil for good
14 The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam,
15 Whitewashing bad people and throwing mud on good people
16 What’s this? Fools out shopping for wisdom!
One Who Knows Much Says Little
17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,
18 It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing,
19 The person who courts sin marries trouble;
20 A bad motive can’t achieve a good end;
21 Having a fool for a child is misery;
22 A cheerful disposition is good for your health;
23 The wicked take bribes under the table;
24 The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard;
25 A surly, stupid child is sheer pain to a father,
26 It’s wrong to penalize good behavior,
27 The one who knows much says little;
28 Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise;