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Proverbs

Chapter 17

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1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. 1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. 2 A slave who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tries hearts. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips, A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 5 He who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of sons is their fathers. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. 7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool; Much less are lying lips to a prince.
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers. 8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. 9 He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend. 9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 13 If a man returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 14 The beginning of strife is [like] letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD. 15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? 16 Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind? 16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 18 A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor. 18 A man lacking in sense pledges, And becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 20 A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity. 20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 21 A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy. 21 He who begets a fool [does so] to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. 22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice. 23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 24 A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 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 that bare him. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong. 26 It is also not good to fine the righteous, [Nor] to strike the noble for [their] uprightness.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is [counted] prudent.
   
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Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. Proverbs 12:1