Proverbs 29
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

1One who becomes stiff-necked,

after many reprimands

will be shattered instantly —

beyond recovery.a

2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,

but when the wicked rule, people groan.b

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

but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.d

4By justice a king brings stability to a land,e

but a man who demands “contributionsf

demolishes it.g

5A man who flattersh his neighbor

spreads a net for his feet.i

6An evil man is caught by sin,j

but the righteous one sings and rejoices.k

7The righteous person knows the rightsl of the poor,m

but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

8Mockers inflame a city,n

but the wise turn away anger.

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

there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.o, p

10Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person,q

but the upright care about him.r

11A fool gives full vent to his anger,s, t

but a wise man holds it in check.u

12If a ruler listens to lies,v

all his officials will be wicked.

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

the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.x

14A king who judges the poor with fairness —

his throne will be established forever.y

15A rod of correction imparts wisdom,z

but a youth left to himselfaa

is a disgrace to his mother.ab

16When the wicked increase, rebellion increases,

but the righteous will see their

17Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mindad

and give you delight.

18Without revelationae, af people run wild,ag

but one who listens to instruction will be happy.ah

19A slave cannot be disciplined by words;

though he understands, he doesn’t

20Do you see a man who speaks too soon?aj

There is more hope for a fool than for him.ak

21A slave pampered from his youth

will become arrogantal later on.

22An angry man stirs up conflict,

and a hot-tempered manam increases

23A person’s pride will humble him,ao

but a humble spirit will gain honor.ap

24To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself;

he hears the curse but will not, ar

25The fear of man is a snare,as

but the one who trusts in the LORD is, au

26Many seek a ruler’s favor,av

but a man receives justice from the

27An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,

and one whose way is upright

is detestable to the

a. 29:1 Pr 1:24-31; 6:14-15
b. 29:2 Ex 2:23; Est 8:15; Pr 11:10; 28:12,28
c. 29:3 Pr 10:1; 15:20; 23:24-25; 27:11; 28:7
d. 29:3 Pr 5:9-10; 6:26; Lk 15:13,30
e. 29:4 2Ch 9:8; Pr 29:14
f. 29:4 The Hb word for “contributions” usually refers to offerings in worship.
g. 29:4 Pr 17:23
h. 29:5 Lit is smooth on
i. 29:5 Pr 26:28; 27:6; 28:23
j. 29:6 Pr 12:13; 18:7; Ec 9:12
k. 29:6 Ex 15:1
l. 29:7 Lit justice
m. 29:7 Jb 29:16; Ps 41:1
n. 29:8 Pr 11:11; 26:21; 29:22
o. 29:9 Lit rest
p. 29:9 Pr 26:4
q. 29:10 Gn 4:5-8; 1Jn 3:12
r. 29:10 Or person, and seek the life of the upright
s. 29:11 Lit spirit
t. 29:11 Pr 12:16
u. 29:11 Pr 16:32; 25:28
v. 29:12 1Kg 22:8,21-23
w. 29:13 Lit oppressor meet
x. 29:13 Pr 22:2
y. 29:14 Ps 72:4; Pr 16:12; 25:5; Is 11:4
z. 29:15 Pr 13:24; 22:15
aa. 29:15 Lit youth sent away
ab. 29:15 Pr 10:1; 17:25
ac. 29:16 Ps 37:34,36; 58:10; 91:8; 92:11
ad. 29:17 Pr 13:24
ae. 29:18 Lit vision
af. 29:18 1Sm 3:1; Ps 74:9; Am 8:11-12
ag. 29:18 Ex 32:25
ah. 29:18 Ps 119:2; Pr 8:32; Jn 13:17; Jms 1:25
ai. 29:19 Mt 18:17
aj. 29:20 Lv 5:4; Jdg 11:30-31,34; Pr 10:19; 17:27; 19:2; 20:25
ak. 29:20 Pr 26:12
al. 29:21 Hb obscure
am. 29:22 Lit a master of rage
an. 29:22 Pr 15:18; 26:21; 28:25
ao. 29:23 2Sm 22:28; Mt 23:12; Jms 4:6
ap. 29:23 Pr 11:2; 15:33; 18:12; 22:4
aq. 29:24 When a call for witnesses was made public, anyone with information who did not submit his testimony was under a curse.
ar. 29:24 Lv 5:1
as. 29:25 Gn 12:12; 20:2; 1Sm 13:11; Lk 12:4; Jn 12:42-43
at. 29:25 Lit raised high
au. 29:25 Pr 14:27; 18:10
av. 29:26 Pr 16:15; 19:6
aw. 29:26 Is 49:4; 1Co 4:4-5
ax. 29:27 Pr 29:10; Mt 10:22; Jn 15:18; 1Jn 3:13
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