Proverbs 29 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be broken beyond repair. 1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. 2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted. 3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. 4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
5 To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet. 5 Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.
6 Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. 6 An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
7 The godly know the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care to know. 7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger. 8 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction. 9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the honest, but the upright seek out the honest. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
11 A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person 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 honors liars, all his advisers will be wicked. 12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common -- 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 A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign. 14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.
15 To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. 15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin increases. But the godly will live to see the tyrant's downfall. 16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you happiness and peace of mind. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. 18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19 For a servant, mere words are not enough -- discipline is needed. For the words may be understood, but they are not heeded. 19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.
20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. 20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 A servant who is pampered from childhood will later become a rebel. 21 If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring grief in the end.
22 A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin. 22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. 23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you are only hurting yourself. You will be punished if you report the crime, but you will be cursed if you don't. 24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the LORD means safety. 25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD. 26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.
27 The godly despise the wicked; the wicked despise the godly. 27 The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.