Proverbs 29 NIV

1 A man who remains stiff-necked1 after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed2--without remedy.3

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2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;4 when the wicked rule,5 the people groan.6

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3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,7 but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.8

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4 By justice a king gives a country stability,9 but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

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5 Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.10

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6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,11 but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

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7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,12 but the wicked have no such concern.

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8 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.13

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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 a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.14

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11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,15 but a wise man keeps himself under control.16

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12 If a ruler17 listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.18

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13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.19

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14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.20

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15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.21

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16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.22

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17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.23

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      18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.24

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      19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.
      20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.25

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      21 If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring griefa in the end.

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        • a 29:21 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
          22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.26

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          23 A man's pride brings him low,27 but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.28

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          24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify.29

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          25 Fear30 of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD 31 is kept safe.32

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          26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,33 but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.34

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          27 The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.35

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