Proverbs 291 A man that, having received many admonitions, still hardeneth his neck, will suddenly be broken, and this without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people will rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people groan. 3 The man that loveth wisdom causeth his father to rejoice; but he that keepeth company with harlots wasteth his wealth. 4 A king will through the exercise of justice establish the welfare of a land; but one that loveth gifts overthroweth it. 5 A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his steps. 6 In the transgression of a man there is an evil snare: but the righteous ever singeth and rejoiceth. 7 The righteous considereth the cause of the indigent: but the wicked will not understand the knowledge of justice. 8 Scornful men will kindle confusion in a town; but the wise turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man contend with a foolish man, whether he be angry or whether he laugh, he will have no rest. 10 Men of blood hate the guiltless one; but the upright seek to preserve his life. 11 A fool uttereth all his mind; but the wise holdeth it back. 12 If a ruler listen to the word of falsehood, all his servants become wicked. 13 The poor and the man of exactions meet together: the Lord enlighteneth the eyes of both of them. 14 When a king judgeth in truth the indigent, his throne shall stand firmly for ever. 15 The rod and reproof impart wisdom; but a lad abandoned to himself bringeth shame on his mother. 16 With the increase of the wicked transgression increaseth; but the righteous shall yet look on their downfall. 17 Correct thy son, and he will procure thee rest: yea, he will give delight unto thy soul. 18 Without a prophetic vision a people become unruly; but when it observeth the law, then will it be happy. 19 Not with words alone can a servant be corrected; for though he understand, there will be no response. 20 Seest then a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 If one rear his servant delicately from his youth, then will he at length become as his son. 22 A man of anger stirreth up strife; and a man of fury aboundeth in transgression. 23 The pride of a man will humble him; but the humble in spirit will attain to honor. 24 Whoso divideth with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth the adjuration and dareth not to tell. 25 The dread of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord will be upheld in safety. 26 Many seek the favor of a ruler; but from the Lord cometh justice for man. 27 An abomination of the righteous is an unjust man: and an abomination of the wicked is one who is upright in his way.
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