The New King James Version

Proverbs 17:13–28

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13 Whoever krewards evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;

Therefore lstop contention before a quarrel starts.

15 mHe 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 nA friend loves at all times,

And a brother is born for adversity.

18 oA man devoid of 3understanding 4shakes hands in a pledge,

And becomes 5surety for his friend.

19 He who loves transgression loves strife,

And phe who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

20 He who has a 6deceitful heart finds no good,

And he who has qa 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 rmerry heart 7does good, like medicine,

But a broken spirit dries the bones.

23 A wicked man accepts a bribe 8behind the back

To pervert the ways of justice.

24 sWisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,

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

25 A tfoolish 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 uHe who has knowledge spares his words,

And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

28 vEven a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;

When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

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