Proverbs 29:15-27; Proverbs 29:18 (The Message)

15 Wise discipline imparts wisdom; spoiled adolescents embarrass their parents. 16 When degenerates take charge, crime runs wild, but the righteous will eventually observe their collapse. 17 Discipline your children; you'll be glad you did - they'll turn out delightful to live with. 18 If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. 19 It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other. 20 Observe the people who always talk before they think - even simpletons are better off than they are. 21 If you let people treat you like a doormat, you'll be quite forgotten in the end. 22 Angry people stir up a lot of discord; the intemperate stir up trouble. 23 Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors. 24 Befriend an outlaw and become an enemy to yourself. When the victims cry out, you'll be included in their curses if you're a coward to their cause in court. 25 The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. 26 Everyone tries to get help from the leader, but only God will give us justice. 27 Good people can't stand the sight of deliberate evil; the wicked can't stand the sight of well-chosen goodness. 18 If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
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