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Proverbs 17 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:1 - Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of [fn]feasting with strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:2 - A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:3 - The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:4 - An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
A [fn]liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:5 - He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;
He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:6 - Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:7 - [fn]Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
Much less are lying lips to a prince.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:8 - A bribe is a [fn]charm in the sight of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:9 - He who conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:10 - A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:11 - A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:12 - Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:13 - He who returns evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:14 - The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:15 - He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:16 - Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When [fn]he has no sense?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:17 - A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:18 - A man lacking in [fn]sense [fn]pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:19 - He who loves transgression loves strife;
He who raises his door seeks destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:20 - He who has a crooked [fn]mind finds no good,
And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:21 - He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:22 - A joyful heart [fn]is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:23 - A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom
To pervert the ways of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:24 - Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:25 - A foolish son is a grief to his father
And bitterness to her who bore him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:26 - It is also not good to fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:27 - He who restrains his words [fn]has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:28 - Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: sacrifices of strife
Literally: falsehood
Literally: A lip of abundance
Literally: stone of favor
Literally: there is no heart
Literally: heart
Literally: shakes hands
Literally: heart
Literally: causes good healing
Literally: knows

New American Standard Bible 1995
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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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