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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 Better R628 is a dry morsel and quietness with it

Than a house full of feasting F225 with strife.

2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,

And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

3 The refining R629 pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

But the R630 LORD tests hearts.

4 An evildoer R631 listens to wicked lips;

A liar F226 pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 He who mocks the poor R632 taunts his Maker;

He who rejoices R633 at calamity will not go unpunished.

6 Grandchildren R634 are the crown of old men,

And the glory R635 of sons is their fathers.

7 Excellent R636 F227 speech is not fitting for a fool,

Much less are lying R637 lips to a prince.

8 A bribe R638 is a charm F228 in the sight of its owner;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 He who conceals R639 a transgression seeks love,

But he who repeats a matter separates R640 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 R641 meet a bear R642 robbed of her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his folly.

13 He who returns R643 evil for good,

Evil R644 will not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

So abandon R645 the quarrel before it breaks out.

15 He who justifies R646 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 R647 wisdom,

When he F229 has no sense?

17 A friend R648 loves at all times,

And a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man lacking in sense F230 pledges R649 F231

And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

19 He who loves R650 transgression loves strife;

He who raises R651 his door seeks destruction.

20 He who has a crooked mind F232 finds R652 no good,

And he who is perverted R653 in his language falls into evil.

21 He who sires R654 a fool does so to his sorrow,

And the father of a fool has no joy.

22 A joyful R655 heart is F233 good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries R656 up the bones.

23 A wicked man receives a bribe R657 from the bosom

To pervert R658 the ways of justice.

24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,

But the eyes R659 of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish R660 son is a grief to his father

And bitterness R661 to her who bore him.

26 It is also not good to fine R662 the righteous,

Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27 He who restrains R663 his words has F234 knowledge,

And he who has a cool R664 spirit is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool, when he keeps R665 silent, is considered wise;

When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

F225: Lit sacrifices of strife
F226: Lit falsehood
F227: Lit A lip of abundance
F228: Lit stone of favor
F229: Lit there is no heart
F230: Lit heart
F231: Lit shakes hands
F232: Lit heart
F233: Lit causes good healing
F234: Lit knows

R628: Proverbs 15:17
R629: Proverbs 27:21
R630: 1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalms 26:2; Proverbs 15:11; Jeremiah 17:10; Malachi 3:3
R631: Proverbs 14:15
R632: Proverbs 14:31
R633: Job 1:31:29; Proverbs 24:17; Obadiah 1:1:12
R634: Genesis 48:11; Proverbs 13:22
R635: Exodus 20:12; Malachi 1:6
R636: Proverbs 24:7
R637: Psalms 31:18; Proverbs 12:22
R638: Proverbs 21:14; Isaiah 1:23; Amos 5:12
R639: Proverbs 10:12; James 5:20; 1 Peter 4:8
R640: Proverbs 16:28
R641: Proverbs 29:9
R642: 2 Samuel 17:8; Hosea 13:8
R643: Psalms 35:12; 109:5; Jeremiah 18:20
R644: 2 Samuel 12:10; 1 Kings 21:22; Proverbs 13:21
R645: Proverbs 20:3; 25:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:11
R646: Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 18:5; 24:24; Isaiah 5:23
R647: Proverbs 23:23
R648: Ruth 1:16; Proverbs 18:24
R649: Proverbs 6:1; 11:15; 22:26
R650: Proverbs 29:22
R651: Proverbs 16:18; 29:23
R652: Proverbs 24:20
R653: James 3:8
R654: Proverbs 10:1; 17:25; 19:13
R655: Proverbs 15:13
R656: Psalms 22:15
R657: Proverbs 17:8
R658: Exodus 23:8; Micah 3:11; 7:3
R659: Ecclesiastes 2:14
R660: Proverbs 19:13
R661: Proverbs 10:1
R662: Proverbs 17:15; 18:5
R663: Proverbs 10:19; James 1:19
R664: Proverbs 14:29
R665: Job 1:13:5


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