By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.
Whoever flatters a neighbor is spreading a net for the neighbor's feet.
In the transgression of the evil there is a snare, but the righteous sing and rejoice.
The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding.
Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.
If the wise go to law with fools, there is ranting and ridicule without relief.
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, and they seek the life of the upright.
A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.
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