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Proverbs 29:4-14 (New Revised Standard)

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4 By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it. 5 Whoever flatters a neighbor is spreading a net for the neighbor's feet. 6 In the transgression of the evil there is a snare, but the righteous sing and rejoice. 7 The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. 8 Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath. 9 If the wise go to law with fools, there is ranting and ridicule without relief. 10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, and they seek the life of the upright. 11 A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back. 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.
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