Proverbs 29 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing. 1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. 2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but one who keeps company with harlots squanders his substance. 3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it. 4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 5 Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.
6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices. 6 An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. 7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath. 8 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. 9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless, and the wicked seek his life. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back. 11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. 12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established for ever. 14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases; but the righteous will look upon their downfall. 16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
18 Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. 18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not give heed. 19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.
20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who pampers his servant from childhood, will in the end find him his heir. 21 If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring grief in the end.
22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression. 22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
23 A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
24 The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. 24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify.
25 The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe. 25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
26 Many seek the favor of a ruler, but from the LORD a man gets justice. 26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked. 27 The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.