Proverbs 29
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1Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.1Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.2When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they 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 if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.4A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.5To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
6Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.6Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.7The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.
8Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.8Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.
9If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.9If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.10The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.
11Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.11Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
12If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.12If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.13The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.14If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.
15A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.15To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
16When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.16When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.17Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.
18Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.18When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.19Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.20There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.
21A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.21A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel.
22An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.22An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.23Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
24The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.24If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.25Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
26Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice.26Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice comes from the LORD.
27The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.27The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly.
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