Proverbs 29 TNIV

1 Whoever 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 those who are greedy fora bribes tear it down.

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    • a 29:4 - Or "who give"
      5 Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.10

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      6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,11 but the righteous shout for joy and are 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 the wise turn away anger.13

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      9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
      10 The bloodthirsty hate people of integrity and seek to kill the upright.14

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      11 Fools give full vent to their rage,15 but the wise bring calm in the end.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 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 be established forever.20

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      15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but children left to themselves disgrace their 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 children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.23

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          18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed are those who heed wisdom's instruction.24

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          19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.
          20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.25

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          21 A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.
          22 An angry person stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.26

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          23 Pride brings a person low,27 but the lowly in spirit gain honor.28

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          24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.29

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          25 To fear30 anyone 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 one gets justice.34

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

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