The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 17:1–28

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Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting with strife.

Better is a morsel with pleasure in peace, than a house full of many good things and unjust sacrifices, with strife.

A dry morsel with gladness is better than a house full of sacrifices along with conflict.

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A servant that dealeth wisely shall have rule over a son that dealeth shamefully, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

A wise servant shall have rule over foolish masters, and shall divide portions among brethren.

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The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but YHWH trieth the hearts.

As silver and gold are tried in a furnace, so are choice hearts with the Lord.

Just as silver is tested by fire, and gold is tested in the furnace, so also does the Lord test hearts.

A evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

A bad man hearkens to the tongue of transgressors: but a righteous man attends not to false lips.

The evil obey an unjust tongue. And the false are submissive to lying lips.

Whoso mocketh the poor blasphemeth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

He that laughs at the poor provokes him that made him; and he that rejoices at the destruction of another shall not be held guiltless: but he that has compassion shall find mercy.

Whoever despises the poor rebukes his Maker. And whoever rejoices in the ruin of another will not go unpunished.

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and their fathers are the glory of children. The faithful has the whole world full of wealth; but the faithless not even a farthing.

Sons of sons are the crown of old age. And the glory of sons is their fathers.

Overbearing speech becometh not a churl; much less do lying lips a prince.

Faithful lips will not suit a fool; nor lying lips a just man.

Well-chosen words are not fitting for the foolish, nor are lying lips fitting for a leader.

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersoever he turneth, he prospereth.

Instruction is to them that use it a gracious reward; and whithersoever it may turn, it shall prosper.

The expectation of those who stand ready is a most pleasing jewel. Whichever way he turns himself, he understands prudently.

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He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that harpeth on a matter estrangeth a familiar friend.

Whoever conceals an offense seeks friendships. Whoever repeats the words of another separates allies.

He who forgets an offense seeks friendship; but he who hates to forget an offense estranges himself from a friend and neighbor.

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10  A rebuke entereth deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool.

10  A threat breaks down the heart of a wise man; but a fool, though scourged, understands not.

10  A correction benefits more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

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11  A rebellious man seeketh only evil; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

11  Every bad man stirs up strifes: but the Lord will send out against him an unmerciful messenger.

11  The evil one continually seeks conflicts. But a cruel Angel shall be sent against him.

12  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

12  Care may befall a man of understanding; but fools will meditate evils.

12  It is more expedient to meet a bear robbed of her young, than the foolish trusting in his own folly.

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13  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

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14  The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off contention, before the quarrel break out.

14  Rightful rule gives power to words; but sedition and strife precede poverty.

14  He who sheds blood stirs up judgment before the ruler.

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15  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are an abomination to YHWH.

15  He that pronounces the unjust just, and the just unjust, is unclean and abominable with God.

15  Those who justify the impious, and those who condemn the just, both are abominable with God.

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16  Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding?

16  Why has the fool wealth? for a senseless man will not be able to purchase wisdom. He that exalts his own house seeks ruin; and he that turns aside from instruction shall fall into mischief.

16  What good is wealth in the possession of a fool who has no desire to acquire wisdom?

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17  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

17  Have thou a friend for every time, and let brethren be useful in distress; for on this account are they born.

17  Whoever is a friend loves at all times. And a brother is proved by distress.

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18  A man void of understanding is he that striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour.

18  A foolish man applauds and rejoices over himself, as he also that becomes surety would make himself responsible for his own friends.

18  A foolish man will clap his hands, when he makes a pledge for his friend.

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19  He loveth transgression that loveth strife; he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

19  A lover of sin rejoices in strifes;

19  Whoever dwells on discord loves disputes. And whoever exalts his door seeks ruin.

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20  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good; and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into evil.

20  and the hard-hearted man comes not in for good. A man of a changeful tongue will fall into mischiefs;

20  Whoever is of a perverse heart shall not find good. And whoever turns his tongue shall fall into evil.

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21  He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; and the father of a churl hath no joy.

21  and the heart of a fool is grief to its possessor. A father rejoices not over an uninstructed son; but a wise son gladdens his mother.

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22  A merry heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

22  A glad heart promotes health; but the bones of a sorrowful man dry up.

22  A joyful soul makes a lifetime flourish. A gloomy spirit dries out the bones.

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23  A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of justice.

23  The ways of a man who unjustly receives gifts in his bosom do not prosper; and an ungodly man perverts the ways of righteousness.

23  He who accepts a bribe is wicked; for he perverts the way of justice.

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24  Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

24  The countenance of a wise man is sensible; but the eyes of a fool go to the ends of the earth.

24  Prudence shines from the face of the wise. The eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth.

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25  A foolish son is vexation to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.

25  A foolish son is the anger of the father and the grief of the mother who conceived him.

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26  To punish also the righteous is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

26  It is not right to punish a righteous man, nor is it holy to plot against righteous princes.

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27  He that spareth his words hath knowledge; and he that husbandeth his spirit is a man of discernment.

27  Whoever moderates his words is learned and prudent. And a man of learning has a precious spirit.

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28  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed as a man of understanding.

28  Wisdom shall be imputed to a fool who asks after wisdom: and he who holds his peace shall seem to be sensible.

28  If he would remain silent, even the foolish would be considered wise, and if he closes his lips, intelligent.