The Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs 17

1 Better is a a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of 1 feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over b a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
c But the LORD tests the hearts.
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a 2 spiteful tongue.
5 d He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
e He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 f Children's children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.
7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 g He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But h he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10 i Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet j a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever k rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore l stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 m He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has no heart for it?
17 n A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 o A man devoid of 3 understanding 4 shakes hands in a pledge,
And becomes 5 surety for his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
And p he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a 6 deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has q a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A r merry heart 7 does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe 8 behind the back
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 s Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A t foolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27 u He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 v Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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