A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet.
Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
The godly know the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care to know.
Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.
If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
The bloodthirsty hate the honest, but the upright seek out the honest.
A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.
If a ruler honors liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
The poor and the oppressor have this in common -- the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)