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Proverbs 17 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked

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Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it

Than a house full of [fn]feasting with strife.

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A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,

And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

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The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

But the LORD tests hearts.

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An evildoer listens to wicked lips;

A [fn]liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

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One who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;

One who rejoices at disaster will not go unpunished.

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Grandchildren are the crown of the old,

And the glory of sons is their fathers.

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[fn]Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,

Much less are lying lips to a prince.

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A bribe is a [fn]charm in the sight of its owner;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

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One who conceals an offense seeks love,

But one who repeats a matter separates close friends.

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A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding

Than a hundred blows into a fool.

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A rebellious person seeks only evil,

So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

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Let a person meet a bear robbed of her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his foolishness.

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One who returns evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

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The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

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One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous,

Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

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Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,

When [fn]he has no sense?

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A friend loves at all times,

And a brother is born for adversity.

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A person lacking in [fn]sense shakes hands

And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

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One who loves wrongdoing loves strife;

One who makes his doorway high seeks destruction.

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One who has a crooked [fn]mind finds nothing good,

And one who is [fn]corrupted in his language falls into evil.

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He who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow,

And the father of a fool has no joy.

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A joyful heart [fn]is good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

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A wicked person accepts a bribe [fn]from an inside pocket

To pervert the ways of justice.

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Wisdom is in the presence of one who has understanding,

But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

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A foolish son is a grief to his father,

And bitterness to her who gave birth to him.

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It is also not good to fine the righteous,

Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

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One who withholds his words [fn]has knowledge,

And one who has a cool spirit is a person of understanding.

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Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;

When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

NASB20 Footnotes
Lit sacrifices of strife
Lit falsehood
Lit A lip of abundance
Lit stone of favor
Lit there is no heart
Lit heart
Lit heart
Lit altered in his tongue
Lit causes good healing
Lit a fold in a robe; i.e., secretly
Lit knows

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