Proverbs 29 (New Living Translation)

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1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be broken beyond repair. 2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. 3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted. 4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. 5 To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet. 6 Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. 7 The godly know the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care to know. 8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger. 9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction. 10 The bloodthirsty hate the honest, but the upright seek out the honest. 11 A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back. 12 If a ruler honors liars, all his advisers will be wicked. 13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common -- the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 14 A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign. 15 To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. 16 When the wicked are in authority, sin increases. But the godly will live to see the tyrant's downfall. 17 Discipline your children, and they will give you happiness and peace of mind. 18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. 19 For a servant, mere words are not enough -- discipline is needed. For the words may be understood, but they are not heeded. 20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. 21 A servant who is pampered from childhood will later become a rebel. 22 A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin. 23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. 24 If you assist a thief, you are only hurting yourself. You will be punished if you report the crime, but you will be cursed if you don't. 25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the LORD means safety. 26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD. 27 The godly despise the wicked; the wicked despise the godly.
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