1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
1 Dry crumbs in peace are better than a full meal with strife.
1 Better is a dry morsel [of food served] with quietness and peaceThan a house full of feasting [served] with strife and contention.
2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful sonand share an inheritance among brothers.
2 A prudent servant will rule in place of a disgraceful son and will share in the inheritance among brothers.
2 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.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
3 The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold but the LORD assays hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
4 Whoever practices evil pays attention to wicked speech, and the liar listens to malicious talk.
4 An evildoer listens closely to wicked lips;And a liar pays attention to a destructive and malicious tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker, and whoever is happy about disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,and the pride of sons is their fathers.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the pride of children is their parents.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
7 Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips;how much worse are lies for a ruler.
7 Appropriate speech is inconsistent with the fool; how much more are deceitful statements with a prince!
7 Excellent speech does not benefit a fool [who is spiritually blind],Much less do lying lips benefit a prince.
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
8 A bribe works wonders in the eyes of its giver; wherever he turns he prospers.
8 A bribe is like a bright, precious stone in the eyes of its owner;Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
9 Anyone who overlooks an offense promotes love, but someone who gossips separates close friends.
9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love,But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understandingThan a hundred blows into a fool.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive personmore than a hundred lashes into a fool.
10 A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding than a hundred lashes to a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
11 A rebellious person seeks evil; a cruel emissary will be sent to oppose him.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil;Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
12 It's better to meet a mother bear who has lost her cubs than a fool in his stupidity.
13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
13 The person who repays good with evil will never see evil leave his home.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
14 Starting a quarrel is like spilling water so drop the dispute before it escalates.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
15 Exonerating the wicked and condemning the righteous are both detestable to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
16 What is this? A fool has enough money to buy wisdom, but is senseless?
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 loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is there for times of trouble.
17 A friend loves at all times,And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
18 A man who lacks sense cosigns a loan, becoming a guarantor for his neighbor.
18 A man lacking common sense gives a pledgeAnd becomes guarantor [for the debt of another] in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
19 The person who loves transgression loves strife; the person who builds a high gate invites destruction.
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 that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
20 The person whose mind is perverse does not find good, and anyone with perverted speech falls into trouble.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
21 The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow the father of a fool has no joy.
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 merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit drains one's strength.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
23 The wicked man takes a bribe in secret in order to pervert the course of justice.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the [hidden] pocketTo pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
24 A person with understanding has wisdom as his objective, but a fool looks only to earthly goals.
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 to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to his mother.
25 A foolish son is a grief and anguish to his fatherAnd bitterness to her who gave birth to him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
26 Furthermore, it isn't good to fine the righteous, or to beat an official because of his uprightness.
26 It is also not good to fine the righteous,Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
27 Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable; anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent; he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.
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.
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