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Proverbs 17 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The LORD Tests Hearts
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:1 - Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting[fn] with strife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:2 - A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:3 - The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests the hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:4 - An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:5 - He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:6 - Children’s children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:7 - Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:8 - A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:9 - He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:10 - Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:11 - An evil man seeks only rebellion;
Therefore 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 - Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:14 - The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:15 - He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:16 - Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has no heart for it?
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 devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge,
And becomes surety for his friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:19 - He who loves transgression loves strife,
And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:20 - He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:21 - He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:22 - A merry heart does good, like medicine,[fn]
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:23 - A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back[fn]
To pervert the ways of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:24 - Wisdom is in the sight of him 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 - Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:27 - He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:28 - Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
NKJV Footnotes
Or sacrificial meals
Or makes medicine even better
Literally from the bosom

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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