man who remains stiff-necked after many
rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—
2 When the righteous
the people rejoice;
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.
justice a king gives a country stability,
but one who is greedy for bribes tears it
5 Whoever flatters
is spreading a net for his feet.
6 An evil man is
snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
The righteous care about justice
for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers stir up a
but wise men turn away anger.
9 If a wise man goes
to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 Bloodthirsty men
hate a man of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.
11 A fool
gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
12 If a ruler listens
all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor man and
the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges
the poor with fairness,
his throne will always be secure.
rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
16 When the wicked
thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.
and he will give you peace;
he will bring delight to your soul.
there is no revelation,
the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19 A servant cannot
by mere words;
though he understands, he will not respond.
you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 If a man pampers
his servant from youth,
he will bring grief in the end.
angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
23 A man's pride
brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
24 The accomplice of
a thief is his own enemy;
he is put under oath and dare not testify.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
26 Many seek an
audience with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.
27 The righteous
detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.
- Proverbs 29:21 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.