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Proverbs 29:4-14 (New Living Translation)

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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.
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