Warnings and Instructions

1 A man who hardens his neck after 1much reproof Will 2suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
2 When the 3righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
3 A man who 4loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who 5keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
4 The 6king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
5 A man who 7flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.
7 The 10righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
10 Men of 13bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.
11 A 14fool always loses his temper, But a 15wise man holds it back.
12 If a 16ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.
13 The 17poor man and the oppressor * have this in common: The LORD gives 18light to the eyes of both.
14 If a 19king judges the poor with truth, His 20throne will be established forever.
15 The 21rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way 22brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases; But the 23righteous will see their fall.
17 24Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also 25delight your soul.
18 Where there is 26no vision, the people 27are unrestrained, But 28happy is he who keeps the law.
19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.
20 Do you see a man who is 29hasty in his words? There is 30more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son.
23 A man's 32pride will bring him low, But a 33humble spirit will obtain honor.
24 He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He 34hears the oath but tells nothing.
25 The 35fear of man brings a snare, But he who 36trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
26 37Many seek the ruler's favor, But 38justice for man comes from the LORD.
27 An 39unjust man is abominable to the righteous, And he who is 40upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.