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17 Better a dry morsel and quiet with it

than a house filled with feasts of strife.

A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully,

and in the midst of brothers he will share his inheritance.

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

but Yahweh will test hearts.

He who does evil listens to lips of wickedness,

and the liar gives heed to the tongue of mischief.

He who mocks the poor insults him who made him;

he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

The crown of the elderly are grandchildren,a

and the glory of children is their fathers.

Fine speechb is not becoming a fool,

still lessc is false speechd for a ruler.

The bribe is a stone of magic in the eyes of its owner;e

everywheref he will turn, he will prosper.

He who forgives an affront fosters love,

but he who waits on a matter will alienate a friend.

10 A rebuke strikes him who understands

deeper than one hundred blows to a fool.

11 An evil person will seek only rebellion,

and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12 May a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring

and not a fool in his folly.

13 For he who returns evil for good,

evil will not depart from his house.

14 Like the release of water is the beginning of strife;

before it breaks out, stop the quarrel.

15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,

the two of them are both abominations of Yahweh.

16 Why is this? A price in the hand of a fool,

in order to buy wisdom whereg there is no sense.h

17 The friend loves at all timesi,

but a brother is born for adversity.

18 A person who lacks sensej pledges;k

he becomes security before his neighbor.

19 He who loves transgression loves strife;

he who builds his high thresholds seeks destruction.

20 He who is crooked of heartl will not find goodness,

and he who is perverse, by his tongue he will fall into calamity.

21 He who begets a fool, there is trouble for him;

the father of a fool will not rejoice.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a downcast spirit will dry out bones.

23 The wicked will accept a bribe from the lap,

in order to pervert the ways of justice.

24 He who understands sets his face toward wisdom,

but the eyes of a fool, to the end of the earth.m

25 A grief to his father is the child of a fool,

and bitterness to her who bore him.

26 Also, imposing a fine on the righteous is not good,

nor to flog nobles for uprightness.

27 He who spares his sayings knows knowledge,

and a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool who keeps silent shall be considered wise;n

he who closes his lips is intelligent.


About The Lexham English Bible

The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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