1 One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be broken suddenly- and without a remedy.a
2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.b
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.c
4 By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man [who demands] "contributions"d demolishes it.
5 A man who flatterse his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.f
6 An evil man is caught by sin,g but the righteous one sings and rejoices.
7 The righteous person knows the rightsh of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.
8 Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.i
9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.j
10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.k
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,l but a wise man holds it in check.m
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:n the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.o
14 A king who judges the poor with fairness- his throne will be established forever.
15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himselfp is a disgrace to his mother.q
16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.r
17 Discipline your son, and he will give you comfort; he will also give you delight.
18 Without revelations people run wild, but one who keeps the law will be happy.
19 A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond.
20 Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.t
21 A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogantu later on.
22 An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered manv increases rebellion.w
23 A person's pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.x
24 To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.y
25 The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.z {
26 Many seek a ruler's favor,| but a man receives justice from the Lord.
27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.}