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Proverbs 29

The Flourishing of the Righteous

1 A man who remains stiff-necked after much reproof

will suddenly be shattered beyond recovery.

2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,

but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,

but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king brings stability to the land,

but a man who exacts tribute a demolishes it.

5 A man who flatters his neighbor

spreads a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is caught by his own sin,

but a righteous one sings and rejoices.

7 The righteous consider the cause of the poor,

but the wicked have no regard for such concerns.

8 Mockers inflame a city,

but the wise turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,

there will be raving and laughing with no resolution.

10 Men of bloodshed hate a blameless man,

but the upright care for his life. b 

11 A fool vents all his anger,

but a wise man holds it back.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,

all his officials will be wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:

The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.

14 A king who judges the poor with fairness—

his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom,

but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, rebellion increases;

but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;

he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint;

but blessed is he who keeps the Law.

19 A servant cannot be corrected by words alone;

though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 A servant pampered from his youth

will bring grief in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,

and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,

but a humble spirit will obtain honor.

24 A partner to a thief hates his own soul;

he receives the oath, but does not testify.

25 The fear of man is a snare,

but whoever trusts in the LORD is set securely on high.

26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,

but a man receives justice from the LORD.

27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,

and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.

 

Footnotes:

4 a Or who taxes heavily or who takes bribes
10 b Or but the upright seek his soul

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