Proverbs 29:4-14 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.