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Proverbs 29:1-27

29  A man who keeps getting reproofs and stiffens his neck will be incurably broken all at once. 2*  When honest men are plentiful, the people makes merry; but when a rogue rules, a people moans. 3  A man who loves wisdom gladdens his father, but one who frequents prostitutes dissipates a property. 4*  A king keeps a country standing by legality, but a levier of special taxes wrecks it. 5  A man who talks smoothly to another is spreading a net for his feet. 6**  In the crime of a bad man there is a trap, while an honest man is jubilant and merry. 7  An honest man knows poor men’s claims; a wrong-doer cannot see the point. 8  Men of cynical talk inflame a town, but wise men turn anger backward. 9*  A wise man has a case in court with an ignorant man and he gets excited and laughs and nobody gets any rest. 10*  Cutthroats hate a steady man and wrong-doers hunt for his life. 11  A fool lets out all his temper, but a wise man calms it by delay. 12  A ruler who is willing to listen to false talk has rogues for all his ministers. 13  A poor man and an extortioner meet— it is Jehovah who puts the light into the eyes of both. 14  A king who gives true judgment for poor men shall have his throne firm forevermore. 15  Cudgel and reproof give wisdom; but a boy running loose brings shame on his mother. 16  When wrong-doers are many, crimes are many; but honest men will look on at their fall. 17  Discipline your son, and he will be a rest to you and give you luxury. 18  Where there is no vision a people runs wild; but happy is one who keeps to sound doctrine. 19  A slave is not disciplined by talk; when he does understand, there is no result. 20  If you see a man in a hurry to speak there is more hope for a fool than for him. 21*  One who pampers his slave from childhood will have him turn out a troublemaker. 22  A peppery man starts quarrels, and a hot-tempered man will have many misdeeds. 23  A man’s pride brings him low, but one lowly of spirit will hold honor. 24  One who shares plunder with a thief hates his own life; he will hear an imprecation and not tell. 25  Fearfulness of man lays a snare; but one who is confident in Jehovah is out of reach of harm. 26  Many seek a ruler’s presence, but a man’s rights are from Jehovah. 27  A man of foul play is an abomination to honest people, and one who takes a straightforward course is an abomination to a rogue.

Footnotes

29:2 Var. rogues rule
29:4 Or by justice
29:6 Var. In the commission of an offense a bad man is entrapped Conj. In any step that a bad man takes there is a trap
29:6 Conj. an honest man runs merrily on
29:9 Lit. and there is no rest
29:10 Codd. and upright men hunt for Conj. and upright men look out for
29:21 (troublemaker) Unc.