Proverbs 29:12-22 (New Revised Standard)

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12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. 13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child. 16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. 17 Discipline your children, and they will give you rest; they will give delight to your heart. 18 Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint, but happy are those who keep the law. 19 By mere words servants are not disciplined, for though they understand, they will not give heed. 20 Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that. 21 A slave pampered from childhood will come to a bad end. a 22 One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression.
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