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Proverbs Chapter 17 : 21-28 - World English Bible [WEB]

  • World English Bible [WEB]
  • 21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.
  • 22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
  • 23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.
  • 24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
  • 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
  • 26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
  • 27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
  • 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.
  • American Standard Version [ASV]
  • 21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.
  • 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
  • 23 A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.
  • 24 Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
  • 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her that bare him.
  • 26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness.
  • 27 He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
  • 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; When he shutteth his lips, he is [esteemed as] prudent.

The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.
Proverbs chapter 17 has 28 verses.




What is the Sinner's Prayer for Salvation?

The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obiendience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.