Proverbs 29
New American Bible Revised Edition

1Those stiff-necked in the face of reproof

in an instant will be shattered beyond cure.*

2When the just flourish, the people rejoice;

but when the wicked rule, the people groan.* a

3Whoever loves wisdom gives joy to his father,

but whoever consorts with harlots squanders his wealth.

4By justice a king builds up the land;

but one who raises taxes tears it down.*

5Those who speak flattery to their neighbor

cast a net at their feet.*

6The sin of the wicked is a trap,

but the just run along joyfully.b

7The just care for the cause of the poor;

the wicked do not understand such care.*

8Scoffers enflame the city,

but the wise calm the fury.c

9If a wise person disputes with a fool,

there is railing and ridicule but no resolution.

10The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,

but the upright seek his life.*

11Fools give vent to all their anger;

but the wise, biding their time, control it.d

12If rulers listen to lying words,

their servants all become wicked.

13The poor and the oppressor meet:e

the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14If a king is honestly for the rights of the poor,

his throne stands firm forever.f

15The rod of correction gives wisdom,

but uncontrolled youths disgrace their mothers.g

16When the wicked increase, crime increases;

but the just will behold their downfall.*

17Discipline your children, and they will bring you comfort,

and give delight to your soul.

18Without a vision the people lose restraint;

but happy is the one who follows instruction.*

19Not by words alone can servants be trained;h

for they understand but do not respond.*

20Do you see someone hasty in speech?i

There is more hope for a fool!

21If servants are pampered from childhood

they will turn out to be stubborn.

22The ill-tempered stir up strife,

and the hotheaded cause many sins.j

23Haughtiness brings humiliation,

but the humble of spirit acquire honor.* k

24Partners of a thief hate themselves;*

they hear the imprecation but do not testify.

25Fear of others becomes a snare,

but the one who trusts in the Lord is safe.

26Many curry favor with a ruler,

but it is from the Lord that one receives justice.

27An abomination to the just, the evildoer;

an abomination to the wicked, one whose way is straight.

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