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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible


Proverbs 29:1-27


  • Unrestrained child brings shame (15)

  • Without a vision, people go wild (18)

  • An angry man stirs up strife (22)

  • A humble man obtains glory (23)

  • Fear of men is a snare (25)

29  A man who stiffens his neck* after much reproof+ Will suddenly be broken beyond healing.+ 2   When the righteous are many, the people rejoice,
But when the wicked one rules, the people groan.+
3   A man who loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,+ But the one who keeps company with prostitutes squanders his wealth.+ 4   By justice a king brings stability to a land,+ But a man seeking bribes brings it to ruin. 5   A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads out a net for his feet.+
6   A bad man’s transgression ensnares him,+ But the righteous one cries out joyfully and rejoices.+ 7   The righteous one is concerned about the legal rights of the poor,+ But the wicked one has no such concern.+ 8   Boastful men inflame a town,+ But those who are wise turn away anger.+ 9   When a wise man enters into a controversy with a fool,
There will be ranting and ridicule, but no satisfaction.+
10  Bloodthirsty men hate anyone innocent,*+ And they seek to take the life* of the upright.* 11  A stupid person gives vent to all his feelings,*+ But the wise one calmly keeps them in check.+ 12  When a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants will be wicked.+
13  The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:* Jehovah gives light to the eyes of both.* 14  When a king judges the poor fairly,+ His throne will always be secure.+ 15  The rod* and reproof impart wisdom,+ But a child left unrestrained brings shame on his mother. 16  When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
But the righteous will see their downfall.+
17  Discipline your son and he will bring you rest;
And he will give you* great pleasure.+
18  Where there is no vision,* the people go unrestrained,+ But happy are those who observe the law.+ 19  A servant will not let himself be corrected by words,
For though he understands, he does not obey.+
20  Have you seen a man hasty with his words?+ There is more hope for a fool than for him.+ 21  If a servant is pampered from his youth,
He will become thankless later on.
22  A man prone to anger stirs up strife;+ Anyone disposed to rage commits many transgressions.+ 23  The haughtiness of a man will humble him,+ But whoever is humble in spirit will obtain glory.+ 24  The partner of a thief hates himself.* He may hear the call to testify,* but he reports nothing.+ 25  Trembling at* men is* a snare,+ But the one trusting in Jehovah will be protected.+ 26  Many seek an audience with* a ruler,
But it is from Jehovah that a man gets justice.+
27  An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,+ But the one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked one.+


Or “who remains stubborn.”
Or “blameless.”
Or “soul.”
Or possibly, “But the upright seeks to protect his life.”
Lit., “spirit.”
Lit., “meet together.”
That is, He gives them life.
Or “discipline; punishment.”
Or “your soul.”
Or “prophetic vision; revelation.”
Or “his own soul.”
Or “an oath involving a curse.”
Or “Fear of.”
Or “lays.”
Or possibly, “seek the favor of.” Lit., “seek the face of.”