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Go to Commentary on Prov 17
 

 1 Better is a dry piece of crust and peace with it,

 than a household full of feasting with strife.

 
2 
An insightful slave will rule over a shameful son,

 and he will share the inheritance among brothers.

 
3 
A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold,

 but Yahweh puts hearts to the test.

 
4 
An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips;

 a liar listens to a destructive tongue.

 
5 
The one who mocks the poor taunts the one who created him;

 the one who is joyful at a calamity will not go unpunished.

 
6 
The crown of old men is their children’s children,

 and the honor of children is their fathers.

 
7 
Eloquent speech is not fitting for a godless person,

 how much less fitting are deceptive lips for a nobleman?

 
8 
A bribe is a ‘magic stone’ in the eyes of its owner;

 every direction he turns, he prospers.

 
9 
The one who covers over a transgression seeks love,

 but the one who repeats the issue separates close friends.

 
10 
A rebuke goes deeper into a person who has understanding

 than a hundred blows on a fool.

 
11 
Surely a rebellious person seeks evil,

 so a cruel messengera will be sent against him.

 
12 
Better for a person to encounter a bear deprived of her cubs

 than to encounter a fool in his foolishness.

 
13 
The one who repays good with evil,

 evil will not depart from his house.

 
14 
The starting point of strife is like letting water flow freely,

 so abandon the dispute before it breaks out.

 
15 
The one who declares the wicked to be righteous, and the one who condemns the righteous;

 indeed, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.

 
16 
Why is there payment in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom

 when he has no sense?

 
17 
A friend loves at all times,

 and a brother is born for times of distress.

 
18 
A person lacking sense shakes hands on an agreement,

 making a solemn pledge in the presence of his neighbor.

 
19 
The one who loves transgression loves strife,

 the one who exalts his doorway seeks disaster.

 
20 
A perverted heart will not find good,

 and the one who twists his tongueb will fall into evil.

 
21 
He who fathers a fool does so to his own grief,

 and the father of a godless person will have no joy.

 
22 
A cheerful heart is a good cure,

 but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

 
23 
A wicked person takes a secret bribec

 to twist the paths of justice.

 
24 
Wisdom is with the one who understands,

 but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

 
25 
A foolish son causes angerd for his father

 and bitterness to the woman who bore him.

 
26 
Also, it is not good to issue a finee to a righteous person,

 nor to beat nobles for their uprightness.

 
27 
The one who holds back his words knows knowledge,f

 and the one who has a cool spirit is a person of understanding.

 
28 
Moreover, a fool who remains silent is thought to be wise;

 when he shuts his lips, he is considered to be discerning.


a[11]
Or, “cruel angel.” The Hebrew word can refer to human messengers, angels, or demons.
b[20]
Twists what he says; lies.
c[23]
Literally, “a bribe from the bosom,” i.e., the fold in the garment.
d[25]
Also, “grief,” “vexation.”
e[26]
A synecdoche for “punishment” in general.
f[27]
Idiomatic: “has attained knowledge.”

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