Proverbs 17

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 a  Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of
Lit sacrifices of strife
feasting with strife.
2A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
3The c  refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But d  the  Lord tests hearts.
4An e  evildoer listens to wicked lips;
Lit falsehood
liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5He who mocks the g  poor taunts his Maker;
He who h  rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 i  Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the j  glory of sons is their fathers.
Lit A lip of abundance
l  Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
Much less are m  lying lips to a prince.
8A n  bribe is a
Lit stone of favor
charm in the sight of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9He who p  conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter q  separates intimate friends.
10A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12Let a r  man meet a s  bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13He who t  returns evil for good,
u  Evil will not depart from his house.
14The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So v  abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15He who w  justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the  Lord.
16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to x  buy wisdom,
Lit there is no heart
he has no sense?
17A z  friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18A man lacking in
Lit heart
Lit shakes hands
ac  pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19He who ad  loves transgression loves strife;
He who ae  raises his door seeks destruction.
20He who has a crooked
Lit heart
mind ag  finds no good,
And he who is ah  perverted in his language falls into evil.
21He who ai  sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22A aj  joyful heart
Lit causes good healing
is good medicine,
But a broken spirit al  dries up the bones.
23A wicked man receives a am  bribe from the bosom
To an  pervert the ways of justice.
24Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
But the ao  eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25A ap  foolish son is a grief to his father
And aq  bitterness to her who bore him.
26It is also not good to ar  fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27He who as  restrains his words
Lit knows
has knowledge,
And he who has a au  cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28Even a fool, when he av  keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

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