Proverbs 29 ESV

1 1He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be 2broken 3beyond healing.

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2 When 4the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when 5the wicked rule, the people groan.

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3 He who 6loves wisdom makes his father glad, but 7a companion of prostitutes 8squanders his wealth.

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4 By justice a king 9builds up the land, but he who exacts giftsa tears it down.

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    • Í 29:4 - Or who taxes heavily
      5 10A man who flatters his neighbor spreads 11a net for his feet.

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      6 An evil man is 12ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man 13sings and rejoices.

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      7 A righteous man 14knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not 15understand such knowledge.

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      8 16Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.

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      9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is 17no quiet.

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      10 Bloodthirsty men 18hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.b

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        • Î 29:10 - Or but the upright seek his soul
          11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
          12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
          13 The poor man and the oppressor 19meet together; the LORD 20 gives light to the eyes of both.

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          14 If a king 21faithfully judges the poor, his throne will 22be established forever.

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              15 23The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself 24brings shame to his mother.

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                  16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but 25the righteous will look upon their downfall.

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                  17 26Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

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                  18 Where 27there is no prophetic vision the people 28cast off restraint,c but blessed is he who 29keeps the law.

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                    • Ï 29:18 - Or the people are discouraged
                      19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.
                      20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? 30There is more hope for a fool than for him.

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                      21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.d

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                        • Ð 29:21 - The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered his heir is uncertain
                          22 31A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

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                          23 32One's pride will bring him low, 33but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

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                          24 The partner of a thief 34hates his own life; 35he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

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                              25 36The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

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                              26 Many 37seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man 38gets justice.

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                              27 39An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

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