One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be broken suddenly- and without a remedy.a2
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.b3
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.c4
By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man [who demands] "contributions"d demolishes it.
A man who flatterse his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.f6
An evil man is caught by sin,g but the righteous one sings and rejoices.
The righteous person knows the rightsh of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.
Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.i9
If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.j10
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.k11
A fool gives full vent to his anger,l but a wise man holds it in check.m12
If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants will be wicked.
The poor and the oppressor have this in common:n the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.o14
A king who judges the poor with fairness- his throne will be established forever.
A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himselfp is a disgrace to his mother.q16
When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.r17
Discipline your son, and he will give you comfort; he will also give you delight.
Without revelations people run wild, but one who keeps the law will be happy.
A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond.
Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.t21
A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogantu later on.
An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered manv increases rebellion.w23
A person's pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.x24
To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.y25
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.zaa26
Many seek a ruler's favor,bb but a man receives justice from the Lord.
An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.cc