New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 17

1It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet
    than to eat a big dinner in a house full of fighting.

A wise servant will rule over a shameful child.
    He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member.

Fire tests silver, and heat tests gold.
    But the Lord tests our hearts.

Evil people listen to lies.
    Lying people listen to evil.

Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker.
    Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished.

Grandchildren are like a crown to older people.
    And children are proud of their parents.

Fancy words don’t belong in the mouths of ungodly fools.
    And lies certainly don’t belong in the mouths of rulers!

Those who give money think it will buy them favors.
    They think that no matter where they turn, they will succeed.

Whoever wants to show love forgives a wrong.
    But those who talk about it separate close friends.

10 A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning
    than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.

11 An evil person tries to keep others from obeying God.
    The messenger of death will be sent against them.

12 It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen
    than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly.

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

14 Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam.
    So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.

15 The Lord hates two things.
    He hates it when the guilty are set free.
    He also hates it when those who aren’t guilty are punished.

16 Why should a foolish person try to buy wisdom?
    They are not even able to understand it.

17 A friend loves at all times.
    They are there to help when trouble comes.

18 A person who has no sense agrees to pay what other people owe.
    It isn’t wise to promise to pay other people’s bills.

19 The one who loves to argue loves to sin.
    The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed.

20 If your heart is twisted, you won’t succeed.
    If your tongue tells lies, you will get into trouble.

21 It is sad to have a foolish child.
    The parents of a godless fool have no joy.

22 A cheerful heart makes you healthy.
    But a broken spirit dries you up.

23 Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret.
    Then they turn what is right into what is wrong.

24 Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view.
    But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else.

25 A foolish child makes his father sad
    and his mother sorry.

26 It isn’t good to fine those who aren’t guilty.
    So it certainly isn’t good to whip officials just because they are honest.

27 Anyone who has knowledge controls their words.
    Anyone who has understanding is not easily upset.

28 We think even foolish people are wise if they keep silent.
    We think they understand what is right if they control their tongues.

New American Standard Bible

Proverbs 17

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Than a house full of [a]feasting with strife.
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests hearts.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
A [b]liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;
He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.
[c]Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,
Much less are lying lips to a prince.
A bribe is a [d]charm in the sight of its owner;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 He who returns evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When [e]he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in [f]sense [g]pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife;
He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked [h]mind finds no good,
And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart [i]is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He who restrains his words [j]has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 17:1 Lit sacrifices of strife
  2. Proverbs 17:4 Lit falsehood
  3. Proverbs 17:7 Lit A lip of abundance
  4. Proverbs 17:8 Lit stone of favor
  5. Proverbs 17:16 Lit there is no heart
  6. Proverbs 17:18 Lit heart
  7. Proverbs 17:18 Lit shakes hands
  8. Proverbs 17:20 Lit heart
  9. Proverbs 17:22 Lit causes good healing
  10. Proverbs 17:27 Lit knows