Proverbs 29 (English Standard Version)

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1 1He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be 2broken 3beyond healing. 2 When 4the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when 5the wicked rule, the people groan. 3 He who 6loves wisdom makes his father glad, but 7a companion of prostitutes 8squanders his wealth. 4 By justice a king 9builds up the land, but he who exacts giftsa tears it down. 5 10A man who flatters his neighbor spreads 11a net for his feet. 6 An evil man is 12ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man 13sings and rejoices. 7 A righteous man 14knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not 15understand such knowledge. 8 16Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is 17no quiet. 10 Bloodthirsty men 18hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.b 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 LORD20gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king 21faithfully judges the poor, his throne will 22be established forever. 15 23The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself 24brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but 25the righteous will look upon their downfall. 17 26Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. 18 Where 27there is no prophetic vision the people 28cast off restraint,c but blessed is he who 29keeps the law. 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. 21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.d 22 31A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. 23 32One's pride will bring him low, 33but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 24 The partner of a thief 34hates his own life; 35he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. 25 36The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. 26 Many 37seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man 38gets justice. 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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