Proverbs 291 aHe who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be bbroken cbeyond healing.
2When dthe righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when ethe wicked rule, the people groan.
3He who floves wisdom makes his father glad,
but ga companion of prostitutes hsquanders his wealth.
4By justice a king ibuilds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts ▼
▼Or who taxes heavilytears it down.
5 kA man who flatters his neighbor
spreads la net for his feet.
6An evil man is mensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man nsings and rejoices.
7A righteous man oknows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not punderstand such knowledge.
8 qScoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
9If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is rno quiet.
10Bloodthirsty men shate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright. ▼
▼Or but the upright seek his soul
11A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor umeet together;
the Lord vgives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king wfaithfully judges the poor,
his throne will xbe established forever.
15 yThe rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself zbrings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but aathe righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 abDiscipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
18Where acthere is no prophetic vision the people adcast off restraint ▼
▼Or the people are discouraged
but blessed is he who afkeeps the law.
19By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.
20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
agThere is more hope for a fool than for him.
21Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered his heir is uncertain
22 aiA man of wrath stirs up strife,
and one given to anger causes much transgression.
23 ajOne’s pride will bring him low,
akbut he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24The partner of a thief alhates his own life;
amhe hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
25 anThe fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
26Many aoseek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that a man apgets justice.
27 aqAn unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
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