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Proverbs 29 (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)

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1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but 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. 4 By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices. 7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. 8 Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless, and the wicked seek his life. 11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back. 12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. 13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established for ever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases; but the righteous will look upon their downfall. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. 18 Where there is no prophecy 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. 20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? 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. 22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression. 23 A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 24 The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. 25 The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe. 26 Many seek the favor of a ruler, but from the LORD a 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.
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