Warnings and Instructions1 A man who hardens his neck after a much reproof
Will b suddenly be broken ▼
▼ Lit and there is no remedybeyond remedy.
2 When the d righteous ▼
▼ Or become greatincrease, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
3 A man who f loves wisdom makes his father glad,
But he who g keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
4 The h king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
5 A man who i flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.
6 By transgression an evil man is j ensnared,
But the righteous k sings and rejoices.
7 The l righteous ▼
▼ Lit knows the causeis concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such ▼
▼ Lit knowledgeconcern.
8 Scorners o set a city aflame,
But p wise men turn away anger.
9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
▼ Lit HeThe foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
10 Men of r bloodshed hate the blameless,
But the upright ▼
▼ Lit seek his soulare concerned for his life.
11 A t fool ▼
▼ Lit sends forth all his spiritalways loses his temper,
But a v wise man holds it back.
12 If a w ruler pays attention to falsehood,
All his ministers become wicked.
13 The x poor man and the oppressor ▼
▼ Lit meet togetherhave this in common:
The Lord gives z light to the eyes of both.
14 If a aa king judges the poor with truth,
His ab throne will be established forever.
15 The ac rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child ▼
▼ Lit left to himselfwho gets his own way ae brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked ▼
▼ Or become greatincrease, transgression increases;
But the ag righteous will see their fall.
17 ah Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also ▼
▼ Lit give delight to, aj delight your soul.
18 Where there is ak no ▼
▼ Or revelationvision, the people am are unrestrained,
But an happy is he who keeps the law.
19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone;
For though he understands, there will be no response.
20 Do you see a man who is ao hasty in his words?
There is ap more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who pampers his slave from childhood
Will in the end find him to be a son.
22 An aq angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
23 A man’s ar pride will bring him low,
But a as humble spirit will obtain honor.
24 He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He at hears the oath but tells nothing.
25 The au fear of man ▼
▼ Lit givesbrings a snare,
But he who aw trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
26 ax Many seek the ruler’s ▼
▼ Lit facefavor,
But az justice for man comes from the Lord.
27 An ba unjust man is abominable to the righteous,
And he who is bb upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.
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