By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath.
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless, and the wicked seek his life.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established for ever.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)