Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17

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1 A dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife.

2 A wise slave will rule over the master's shameful sons and will share their inheritance.

3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

4 Wrongdoers listen to wicked talk; liars pay attention to destructive words.

5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

7 Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

8 A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do.

9 Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.

10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

11 Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished.

12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in folly.

13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house.

14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

15 The LORD despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent.

16 It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom.

17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

18 It is poor judgment to co-sign a friend's note, to become responsible for a neighbor's debts.

19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully* invites disaster.1

20 The crooked heart will not prosper; the twisted tongue tumbles into trouble.

21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.

23 The wicked accept secret bribes to pervert justice.

24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish child* brings grief to a father and bitterness to a mother.2

26 It is wrong to fine the godly for being good or to punish nobles for being honest!

27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

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1: Or who builds up defenses; Hebrew reads who makes a high gate.

2: Hebrew son.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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