Proverbs Chapter 29 |
1One oft reproved may become stiff-necked,
But he will be suddenly broken beyond repair.
2When the righteous become great the people rejoice,
But when the wicked dominate the people groan.
3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
But he who keeps company with harlots will lose his wealth.
4By justice a king sustains the land,
But a fraudulent man tears it down.
5A man who flatters his fellow
Spreads a net for his feet.
6An evil man’s offenses are a trap for himself,
But the righteous sing out joyously.
7A righteous man is concerned with the cause of the wretched;
A wicked man cannot understand such concern.
8Scoffers inflame a city,
But the wise allay anger.
9When a wise man enters into litigation with a fool
There is ranting and ridicule, but no satisfaction.
10Bloodthirsty men detest the blameless,
But the upright seek them out.
11A dullard vents all his rage,
But a wise man calms it down.
12A ruler who listens to lies,
All his ministers will be wicked.
13A poor man and a fraudulent man meet;
The Lord gives luster to the eyes of both.
14A king who judges the wretched honestly,
His throne will be established forever.
15Rod and reproof produce wisdom,
But a lad out of control is a disgrace to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, offenses increase,
But the righteous will see their downfall.
17Discipline your son and he will give you peace;
He will gratify you with dainties.
18For lack of vision a people lose restraint,
But happy is he who heeds instruction.
19A slave cannot be disciplined by words;
Though he may comprehend, he does not respond.
20If you see a man hasty in speech,
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21A slave pampered from youth
Will come to a bad end.
22An angry man provokes a quarrel;
A hot-tempered man commits many offenses.
23A man’s pride will humiliate him,
But a humble man will obtain honor.
24He who shares with a thief is his own enemy;
He hears the imprecation and does not tell.
25A man’s fears become a trap for him,
But he who trusts in the Lord shall be safeguarded.
26Many seek audience with a ruler,
But it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.
27The unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.