Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 17:1-28

1粗茶淡饭但相安无事,

胜过佳肴满桌却勾心斗角。

2精明的仆人必管辖主人的不肖子,

并与他们一同承受家业。

3鼎炼银,炉炼金,

耶和华试炼人心。

4作恶者留心听恶言,

说谎者侧耳听坏话。

5嘲笑穷人等于侮辱造物主,

幸灾乐祸的人必难逃惩罚。

6子孙是老人的华冠,

父母是儿女的荣耀。

7愚人高谈阔论不相称,

统治者说谎更不合适。

8行贿者视贿赂为法宝,

可以使他无往不利。

9饶恕过犯,促进友爱;

重提旧恨,破坏友情。

10责备哲士一句,

胜过杖打愚人百下。

11恶人一心反叛,

残忍的使者必奉命来惩罚他。

12宁愿遇见丢失幼崽的母熊,

也不愿碰上做蠢事的愚人。

13人若以恶报善,

家里必祸患不断。

14争端爆发如洪水决堤,

当在爆发前将其制止。

15放过罪人、冤枉义人,

都为耶和华所憎恶。

16愚人无心求智慧,

手中有钱有何用?

17朋友时时彼此关爱,

手足生来患难与共。

18无知的人才会为他人作保。

19喜爱争斗的喜爱犯罪,

骄傲自大的自招灭亡。

20心术不正,难觅幸福;

口吐谎言,陷入祸患。

21生愚昧子带来忧伤,

愚人之父毫无喜乐。

22喜乐的心乃是良药,

忧伤的灵使骨枯干。

23恶人暗中收受贿赂,

颠倒是非。

24哲士追求智慧,

愚人漫无目标。

25愚昧的孩子令父亲忧虑,让母亲苦恼。

26责罚义人不妥,

杖责君子不义。

27谨言慎行的有知识,

温和冷静的有悟性。

28愚人缄默可算为智慧,

闭口不言可算为明智。

New International Reader’s Version

Proverbs 17:1-28

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.

2A wise servant will rule over a shameful child.

He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member.

3Fire tests silver, and heat tests gold.

But the Lord tests our hearts.

4Evil people listen to lies.

Lying people listen to evil.

5Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker.

Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished.

6Grandchildren are like a crown to older people.

And children are proud of their parents.

7Fancy words don’t belong in the mouths of ungodly fools.

And lies certainly don’t belong in the mouths of rulers!

8Those who give money think it will buy them favors.

They think that no matter where they turn, they will succeed.

9Whoever wants to show love forgives a wrong.

But those who talk about it separate close friends.

10A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning

than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.

11An evil person tries to keep others from obeying God.

The messenger of death will be sent against them.

12It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen

than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly.

13Evil will never leave the house

of anyone who pays back evil for good.

14Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam.

So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.

15The 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.

16Why should a foolish person try to buy wisdom?

They are not even able to understand it.

17A friend loves at all times.

They are there to help when trouble comes.

18A person who has no sense agrees to pay what other people owe.

It isn’t wise to promise to pay other people’s bills.

19The one who loves to argue loves to sin.

The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed.

20If your heart is twisted, you won’t succeed.

If your tongue tells lies, you will get into trouble.

21It is sad to have a foolish child.

The parents of a godless fool have no joy.

22A cheerful heart makes you healthy.

But a broken spirit dries you up.

23Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret.

Then they turn what is right into what is wrong.

24Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view.

But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else.

25A foolish child makes his father sad

and his mother sorry.

26It isn’t good to fine those who aren’t guilty.

So it certainly isn’t good to whip officials just because they are honest.

27Anyone who has knowledge controls their words.

Anyone who has understanding is not easily upset.

28We think even foolish people are wise if they keep silent.

We think they understand what is right if they control their tongues.