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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Proverbs 17:1-28

17*  Better a dry morsel and a quiet life by it than a house full of dinner from ill-will sacrifices. 2  A capable slave will have control over a worthless son and will share inheritance among brothers. 3  Crucible for silver and furnace for gold, but he who assays hearts is Jehovah. 4*  He is a malefactor who listens eagerly to a villainous lip; it is falsehood that gives ear to a malignant tongue. 5  One who jeers at a poor man is insulting him who made him; one who is glad at calamity will not be held innocent. 6  Grandchildren are old men’s coronet; but sons’ adornment is their fathers. 7*  A grandiloquent lip is not becoming to a rascal; much less a falsifying lip to a noble. 8*  A bribe shows itself to its user as a favor-charm: whatever he faces toward, he succeeds. 9  One who is looking for love covers up an offense; but one who harps on a matter alienates a bosom friend. 10  A rebuke sinks deeper into a man of sense than a hundred cuts with a stick into a fool. 11*  A bad man seeks merely insubordination, and will have a cruel messenger let loose on him. 12  Let a man encounter a bear that has lost her cubs but not a fool in his ignorance. 13*  One who returns bad for good will never have his house without bad. 14  The beginning of a quarrel is somebody letting a trickle start, so give up your side of the dispute before anybody gets into a rage. 15  One who declares a man right when he is wrong and one who declares him wrong when he is right are both of them things that Jehovah detests. 16  Why should a fool have in his hands a fee to buy wisdom when he has no brains? 17*  The friend loves at every time, but a brother is born for distress. 18  A brainless man strikes hands, pledges a security before another. 19**  One who loves a squabble loves a bruise; one who makes his doorway tall is asking for a crash. 20*  A man with a crooked heart will come to no good, and a man with a reversible tongue will fall into disaster. 21  To one who begets a fool it becomes a sorrow, and a rascal’s father will not be glad. 22*  A glad heart gives good healing, but a broken-down spirit dries out a bone. 23  A bribe is taken out of a rogue’s pocket to warp the courses of justice. 24  Wisdom is face to face with a man of sense, but a fool’s eyes are at earth’s end. 25  A foolish son is a vexation to his father and a bitterness to her who gave him birth. 26*  Even fining an honest man is not good, giving beatings to noble men for uprightness. 27*  One who restrains his speech knows what is what, and one with a cool spirit is a man of intelligence. 28  Even an ignoramus holding his tongue will be thought wise; one who stops up his lips is sensible.


17:1 Lit. strife-sacrifices The term welfare-sacrifices, much used in the historical books, may with apparent correctness be translated peace-sacrifices
17:4 (falsehood) Susp.
17:7 (grandiloquent) Unc.
17:8 Lit. favor-stone
17:11 In Hebrew this is a pun as if we said seeks rankly riotous aims and will have a rightly rancorous
17:13 Lit. bad will not budge from his house
17:17 Or and a brother
17:19 Codd. One who loves crime
17:19 Lit. hunting for a crash
17:20 Or by disaster
17:22 Or bones
17:26 Susp.
17:27 Lit. knows knowledge