Proverbs 29

1 One who becomes stiff-necked,

after many reprimands
will be shattered instantly
beyond recovery. a

2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan. b

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, c
but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth. d

4 By justice a king brings stability to a land, e
but a man who demands “contributions
The Hb word for “contributions” usually refers to offerings in worship.

demolishes it. g

5 A man who flatters
Lit is smooth on
his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet. i

6 An evil man is caught by sin, j
but the righteous one sings and rejoices. k

7 The righteous person knows the rights
Lit justice
of the poor, m
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

8 Mockers inflame a city, n
but the wise turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.
Lit rest

10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, q
but the upright care about him.
Or person, and seek the life of the upright

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,
Lit spirit
but a wise man holds it in check. u

12 If a ruler listens to lies, v
all his officials will be wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
Lit oppressor meet

the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. x

14 A king who judges the poor with fairness
his throne will be established forever. y

15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom, z
but a youth left to himself
Lit youth sent away

is a disgrace to his mother. ab

16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases,
but the righteous will see their downfall. ac

17 Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mind ad
and give you delight.

18 Without revelation
Lit vision
af people run wild, ag
but one who listens to instruction will be happy. ah

19 A slave cannot be disciplined by words;
though he understands, he doesn’t respond. ai

20 Do you see a man who speaks too soon? aj
There is more hope for a fool than for him. ak

21 A slave pampered from his youth
will become arrogant
Hb obscure
later on.

22 An angry man stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered man
Lit a master of rage
increases rebellion. an

23 A person’s pride will humble him, ao
but a humble spirit will gain honor. ap

24 To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself;
he hears the curse but will not testify.
When a call for witnesses was made public, anyone with information who did not submit his testimony was under a curse.

25 The fear of man is a snare, as
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
Lit raised high

26 Many seek a ruler’s favor, av
but a man receives justice from the Lord. aw

27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked. ax
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