NASB — Proverbs 17 — KJV

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 aBetter is a dry morsel and quietness with it
  Than a house full of Ifeasting with strife.
  2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
  And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
  3 The arefining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
  But bthe LORD tests hearts.
  4 An aevildoer listens to wicked lips;
  A Iliar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
  5 He who mocks the apoor taunts his Maker;
  He who brejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
  6 aGrandchildren are the crown of old men,
  And the bglory of sons is their fathers.
  7 IaExcellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
  Much less are blying lips to a prince.
  8 A abribe is a Icharm in the sight of its owner;
  Wherever he turns, he prospers.
  9 He who aconceals a transgression seeks love,
  But he who repeats a matter bseparates intimate friends.
  10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
  Than a hundred blows into a fool.
  11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,
  So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
  12 Let a aman meet a bbear robbed of her cubs,
  Rather than a fool in his folly.
  13 He who areturns evil for good,
  bEvil will not depart from his house.
  14 The beginning of strife is [like] letting out water,
  So aabandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
  15 He who ajustifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
  Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
  16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to abuy wisdom,
  When Ihe has no sense?
  17 A afriend loves at all times,
  And a brother is born for adversity.
  18 A man lacking in Isense IIapledges
  And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
  19 He who aloves transgression loves strife;
  He who braises his door seeks destruction.
  20 He who has a crooked Imind afinds no good,
  And he who is bperverted in his language falls into evil.
  21 He who asires a fool [does so] to his sorrow,
  And the father of a fool has no joy.
  22 A ajoyful heart Iis good medicine,
  But a broken spirit bdries up the bones.
  23 A wicked man receives a abribe from the bosom
  To bpervert the ways of justice.
  24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
  But the aeyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
  25 A afoolish son is a grief to his father
  And bbitterness to her who bore him.
  26 It is also not good to afine the righteous,
  [Nor] to strike the noble for [their] uprightness.
  27 He who arestrains his words Ihas knowledge,
  And he who has a bcool spirit is a man of understanding.
  28 Even a fool, when he akeeps silent, is considered wise;
  When he closes his lips, he is [considered] prudent.

[1] ILit sacrifices of strife aPv 15:17
[3] aPv 27:21 b1Ch 29:17; Ps 26:2; Pv 15:11; Jr 17:10; Mal 3:3
[4] ILit falsehood aPv 14:15
[5] aPv 14:31 bJb 31:29; Pv 24:17; Ob 12
[6] aGn 48:11; Pv 13:22 bEx 20:12; Mal 1:6
[7] ILit A lip of abundance aPv 24:7 bPs 31:18; Pv 12:22
[8] ILit stone of favor aPv 21:14; Is 1:23; Am 5:12
[9] aPv 10:12; Jm 5:20; 1P 4:8 bPv 16:28
[12] aPv 29:9 b2S 17:8; Ho 13:8
[13] aPs 35:12; 109:5; Jr 18:20 b2S 12:10; 1K 21:22; Pv 13:21
[14] aPv 20:3; 25:8; 1Th 4:11
[15] aEx 23:7; Pv 18:5; 24:24; Is 5:23
[16] ILit there is no heart aPv 23:23
[17] aRu 1:16; Pv 18:24
[18] ILit heart IILit shakes hands aPv 6:1; 11:15; 22:26
[19] aPv 29:22 bPv 16:18; 29:23
[20] ILit heart aPv 24:20 bJm 3:8
[21] aPv 10:1; 17:25; 19:13
[22] ILit causes good healing aPv 15:13 bPs 22:15
[23] aPv 17:8 bEx 23:8; Mi 3:11; 7:3
[24] aEc 2:14
[25] aPv 19:13 bPv 10:1
[26] aPv 17:15; 18:5
[27] ILit knows aPv 10:19; Jm 1:19 bPv 14:29
[28] aJb 13:5


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. 3 The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 6 Children's children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers. 7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8 A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends. 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD. 16 Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]? 17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 23 A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24 Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 26 Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity. 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

[1] Ps 37:16; Pv 7:14; 15:17; 21:9, 19.
[2] Gn 24:4; Pv 10:5; 11:29; 14:35; 19:26; 29:15; Ec 4:13.
[3] Ps 26:2; 66:10; Pv 27:21; Is 48:10; Jr 17:10; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; 1P 1:7; Rv 2:23.
[4] 1S 22:7; 1K 22:6; Pv 28:4; Is 30:10; Jr 5:31; 2Ti 4:3; 1Jn 4:5; Rv 13:3.
[5] Jb 31:29; Ps 69:9; Pv 14:21, 31; 16:5; 24:17; Jr 17:16; Ob 1:11, 16; Ro 12:15; 1Jn 3:17.
[6] Gn 50:23; Ex 3:14; 1K 11:12; 15:4; Jb 42:16; Ps 127:3; 128:3.
[7] 2S 23:3; Jb 34:12; Ps 50:16; 101:3; Pv 12:19; 16:10; 26:7; 29:12; Mt 7:5.
[8] Gn 33:9; 43:11; Ex 23:8; Dt 16:19; 1S 25:35; 2S 16:1; Ps 18:16; 19:6; 21:13; 29:4; Pv 17:23; Mi 7:3.
[9] Ps 32:1; Pv 10:12; 16:28; 1P 4:8.
[10] Ps 141:5; Pv 9:8; 13:1; 15:5; 19:25; 27:22; 29:19; Rv 3:19.
[11] 2S 15:12; 16:5; 18:15, 19; 20:1, 22; 1K 2:24, 31, 46; Mt 21:41; 22:7; Lk 19:27.
[12] 2S 17:8; 2K 2:24; Pv 27:3; 28:15; Ho 13:8; Mt 2:16.
[13] 1S 24:17; 31:2; 2S 21:1; Ps 35:12; 38:20; 55:12; 109:4; Jr 18:20; Mt 27:5, 25; Ro 12:17; 1Th 5:15; 1P 3:9.
[14] Gn 13:8; Jg 8:1; 12:1; 2S 2:14; 19:41; 20:1; 2Ch 10:14; 13:17; 25:17; 28:6; Pv 13:10; 14:29; 15:1; 16:32; 17:19; 19:11; 20:3; 25:8; 26:21; 29:22; Ec 7:8; Mt 5:39; Ac 6:1; 15:2; Ro 12:18; 1Th 4:11; 2Ti 2:23; Jm 3:14.
[15] Ex 23:7; 1K 21:13; Pv 6:16; 11:1; 15:8; 24:23; Is 5:23; 55:8; Ezk 22:27; Am 5:7, 12; 6:12; Lk 23:18; Ro 4:5; Jm 5:6.
[16] Dt 5:29; Ps 81:11; Pv 1:22; 8:4; 9:4; 14:6; 18:15; 21:25; Is 55:1; Ho 4:11; Jn 3:20; Ac 13:46; 28:26; 2Co 6:1.
[17] Ru 1:16; 1S 18:3; 19:2; 20:17; 23:16; 2S 1:26; 9:1; Es 4:14; Pv 18:24; 19:7; Jn 15:13; He 2:11.
[18] Pv 6:1; 11:15; 20:16; 22:16, 27.
[19] 1S 25:36; 2S 15:1; 1K 1:5; Pv 16:18; 17:14; 18:12; 24:27; 29:9, 22; Jr 22:13; Dn 4:20; 2Co 12:20; Jm 1:20; 3:14.
[20] Ps 18:26; Pv 3:32; 6:12; 8:13; 10:10, 14, 31; 18:6; Ec 10:12; Jm 3:6.
[21] Gn 26:34; 1S 2:32; 8:3; 2S 18:33; Pv 10:1; 15:20; 17:25; 19:13; 23:15; 2Co 2:3; Phm 1:19; 3Jn 1:4.
[22] Ps 22:15; 32:3; 102:3; Pv 12:25; 15:13; 18:14; Ec 9:7; Ro 5:2; 2Co 2:7; 7:10.
[23] Ex 23:8; Dt 16:19; 1S 8:3; 12:3; Pv 17:8; 18:16; 21:14; Is 1:23; Ezk 22:12; Mi 7:3; Mk 14:10.
[24] Ps 119:37; Pv 14:6; 15:14; 23:5; Ec 2:14; 6:9; 8:1; Jn 7:17; 1Jn 2:16.
[25] 2S 13:1; Pv 10:1; 15:20; 19:13; Ec 2:18.
[26] Gn 18:25; 2S 3:23, 39; 16:7; 19:7; Jb 34:18; Pv 17:15; 18:5; Mi 5:1; Jn 18:22.
[27] Pv 10:19; 15:28; 16:32; Ec 9:17; Jm 1:19; 3:2, 18.
[28] Jb 13:5; Pv 15:2; Ec 5:3; 10:3, 14.


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