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.