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Proverbs 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet
    than a house full of feasting with strife.
A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully,
    and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
    and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue.
Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
    those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
    and the glory of children is their parents.
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
    still less is false speech to a ruler.[a]
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it;
    wherever they turn they prosper.
One who forgives an affront fosters friendship,
    but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.
10 A rebuke strikes deeper into a discerning person
    than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 Evil people seek only rebellion,
    but a cruel messenger will be sent against them.
12 Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs
    than to confront a fool immersed in folly.
13 Evil will not depart from the house
    of one who returns evil for good.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
    so stop before the quarrel breaks out.
15 One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous
    are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should fools have a price in hand
    to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn?
17 A friend loves at all times,
    and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
18 It is senseless to give a pledge,
    to become surety for a neighbor.
19 One who loves transgression loves strife;
    one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones.
20 The crooked of mind do not prosper,
    and the perverse of tongue fall into calamity.
21 The one who begets a fool gets trouble;
    the parent of a fool has no joy.
22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine,
    but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept a concealed bribe
    to pervert the ways of justice.
24 The discerning person looks to wisdom,
    but the eyes of a fool to the ends of the earth.
25 Foolish children are a grief to their father
    and bitterness to her who bore them.
26 To impose a fine on the innocent is not right,
    or to flog the noble for their integrity.
27 One who spares words is knowledgeable;
    one who is cool in spirit has understanding.
28 Even fools who keep silent are considered wise;
    when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 17:7 Or a noble person
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

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Proverbs 17 New International Version (NIV)

17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
    than a house full of feasting, with strife.

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
    and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.

A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
    and parents are the pride of their children.

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
    how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
    they think success will come at every turn.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
    more than a hundred lashes a fool.

11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
    the messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than a fool bent on folly.

13 Evil will never leave the house
    of one who pays back evil for good.

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent
    the Lord detests them both.

16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
    when they are not able to understand it?

17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
    and puts up security for a neighbor.

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
    whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
    one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
    there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
    to pervert the course of justice.

24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
    but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
    and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
    surely to flog honest officials is not right.

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.

New International Version (NIV)

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