Proverbs 29
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1Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.1After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.
2When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.2As the righteous grow powerful, people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, people groan.
3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.3The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but anyone who consorts with immoral women squanders his wealth.
4By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.4A king brings stability to a land through justice, but a man who takes bribes brings it to ruin.
5Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.5A strong man who flatters his neighbor is setting a trap where he walks.
6Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.6An evil man is trapped by transgression, but the righteous person sings and rejoices.
7The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.7The righteous person is concerned about the poor; but the wicked don't understand what they need to know.
8Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.8Scornful men enflame a city, but the wise defuse anger.
9If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.9When a wise man has a dispute with a fool, the fool either rages or laughs without relief.
10The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.10Bloodthirsty men hate the innocent person, but the upright show concern for his life.
11Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.11The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.
12If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.12When a ruler is listening to lies, all of his officials tend to become wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gave them both eyes with which to see.
14If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.14When a king faithfully administers justice to the poor, his throne will be established forever.
15A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.15The rod and rebuke bestow wisdom, but an undisciplined child brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.16As the wicked grow powerful, transgression increases, but the righteous will observe their downfall.
17Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.17Correct your son and he will comfort you; he will also delight your soul.
18Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.18Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.
19Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.19By mere words a servant will not be corrected; even though he understands, there will be no response.
20Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.20Do you see a man who speaks hastily? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.21If you pamper a servant from his childhood, later on he'll become ungrateful.
22An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.22An angry man stirs up arguments, and a hot-tempered man causes many transgressions.
23Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.23A person's pride will bring about his downfall, but the humble in spirit will gain honor.
24The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.24A thief's accomplice hates himself; though testifying under oath, he reveals nothing.
25Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.25Fearing any human being is a trap, but confiding in the LORD keeps anyone safe.
26Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice.26Many seek a ruler's favor, but justice for a man comes from the LORD.
27The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.27The unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and whoever lives blamelessly is detestable to the wicked.
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Proverbs 28
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