Amplified Bible

Proverbs 17

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1Better is a dry morsel [of food served] with quietness and peace
Than a house full of feasting [served] with strife and contention.

A wise servant will rule over the [unworthy] son who acts shamefully and brings disgrace [to the family]
And [the worthy servant] will share in the inheritance among the brothers.

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests hearts.

An evildoer listens closely to wicked lips;
And a liar pays attention to a destructive and malicious tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor taunts his Maker,
And he who rejoices at [another’s] disaster will not go unpunished.

Grandchildren are the crown of aged men,
And the glory of children is their fathers [who live godly lives].

Excellent speech does not benefit a fool [who is spiritually blind],
Much less do lying lips benefit a prince.

A bribe is like a bright, precious stone in the eyes of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love,
But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.
10 
A reprimand goes deeper into one who has understanding and a teachable spirit
Than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11 
A rebellious man seeks only evil;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 
Let a man meet a [ferocious] bear robbed of her cubs
Rather than the [angry, narcissistic] fool in his folly.
13 
Whoever returns evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 
The beginning of strife is like letting out water [as from a small break in a dam; first it trickles and then it gushes];
Therefore [a]abandon the quarrel before it breaks out and tempers explode.
15 
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous
Are both repulsive to the Lord.
16 
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When he has no common sense or even a heart for it?
17 
A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 
A man lacking common sense gives a pledge
And becomes guarantor [for the debt of another] in the presence of his neighbor.
19 
He who loves transgression loves strife and is quarrelsome;
He who [proudly] raises his gate seeks destruction [because of his arrogant pride].
20 
He who has a crooked mind finds no good,
And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 
He who becomes the parent of a fool [who is spiritually blind] does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool [who is spiritually blind] has no joy.
22 
A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 
A wicked man receives a bribe from the [hidden] pocket
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 
[Skillful and godly] wisdom is in the presence of a person of understanding [and he recognizes it],
But the eyes of a [thickheaded] fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 
A foolish son is a grief and anguish to his father
And bitterness to her who gave birth to him.
26 
It is also not good to fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 
He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words,
And a man of understanding and wisdom has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper).
28 
Even a [callous, arrogant] fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips he is regarded as sensible (prudent, discreet) and a man of understanding.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 17:14 The ancient rabbis derived from this statement the principle of seeking a settlement before a case comes to court (cf Matt 5:25; Luke 12:58).

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 17

1ごちそうがありながら毎日争いごとがある家より、
たった一切れのパンを
仲良く食べる家のほうが幸せです。
賢い使用人は、主人の恥知らずの息子を監督し、
財産の分け前をもらいます。
銀や金は火で精錬しますが、
人の心をきよめるのは主です。
悪人は悪人同士でつき合い、
うそつきはうそつき同士でつき合います。
貧しい人をさげすむのは、
その人を造った神をさげすむのと同じです。
神は人の不幸を喜ぶ者を罰します。
孫は老人の無上の栄誉、
子どもの栄誉は彼らの父です。
神に背く者が真実を言ったり、
王がうそをついたりすることはめったにありません。
わいろには魔力があり、
だれが使っても効果があります。
愛のある人は人の誤りを水に流し、
いつまでもこだわる者は親友までも失います。
10 理解力ある人は一度しかれば十分です。
それは、聞き分けのない者の背を
百ぺんむち打つよりも効き目があります。
11 悪者は何でも逆らって生きるので、
きびしい罰を受けます。
12 愚かなことにふける愚か者に会うより、
子を奪われた雌熊に会うほうがよほど安全です。
13 よくしてもらいながら、
その好意を裏切る者はのろわれます。
14 いったん火のついた争いごとは、
なかなか収まりません。
だから、初めから争いはしないことです。
15 間違いを正しいと言い、
正しいことを間違いだと言う者は、主に憎まれます。
16 真理を学ぶ気がなければ、
いくら授業料を払っても意味がありません。
17 真の友は決して裏切りません。
兄弟は苦しみに会ったときに
助け合うためにいるのです。
18 思慮の足りない者は気安く保証人になり、
その人の借金の責任を負います。
19 罪人は争いが大好きで、
高ぶる者は問題を探し求めます。
20 悪人はだれにでも疑いの目を向け、
いつも災いに陥ります。
21 反抗する者の父親には、
生きる楽しみがありません。
22 心が陽気になれば体も健康になり、
気がふさげば病気になります。
23 買収されて正義を曲げるのはよくありません。
24 分別のある人は知恵から目を離さず、
愚か者は遠くをぼんやり眺めています。
25 反抗的な子は親泣かせです。
26 正しい人を正しさゆえに罰金を科し、
高潔な人を正直さゆえに罰するのは、
なんと愚かなことでしょう。
27-28 賢い人は無口で、すぐに怒ったりしません。
だから、愚かな人も黙っていれば賢く見え、
くちびるを閉じていれば得をします。