Proverbs 17
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1Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.1Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers.2A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.3The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
4An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.4A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.5Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father.6Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.7Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers.8A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.9He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool.10A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.11An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.12Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.13Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.14The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?16Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.17A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.18A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.19He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.20He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.21He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.22A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice.23A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.24Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.25A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26Also, to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.26Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.27He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
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