Proverbs, CHAPTER 29
Those stiff-necked in the face of reproof
in an instant will be shattered beyond cure.
When the just flourish, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom gives joy to his father,
but whoever consorts with harlots squanders his wealth.
By justice a king builds up the land;
but one who raises taxes tears it down.
Those who speak flattery to their neighbor
cast a net at their feet.
The sin of the wicked is a trap,
but the just run along joyfully.
The just care for the cause of the poor;
the wicked do not understand such care.
Scoffers enflame the city,
but the wise calm the fury.
If a wise person disputes with a fool,
there is railing and ridicule but no resolution.
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
but the upright seek his life.
Fools give vent to all their anger;
but the wise, biding their time, control it.
If rulers listen to lying words,
their servants all become wicked.
The poor and the oppressor meet:
the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king is honestly for the rights of the poor,
his throne stands firm forever.
The rod of correction gives wisdom,
but uncontrolled youths disgrace their mothers.
When the wicked increase, crime increases;
but the just will behold their downfall.
Discipline your children, and they will bring you comfort,
and give delight to your soul.
Without a vision the people lose restraint;
but happy is the one who follows instruction.
Not by words alone can servants be trained;
for they understand but do not respond.
Do you see someone hasty in speech?
There is more hope for a fool!
If servants are pampered from childhood
they will turn out to be stubborn.
The ill-tempered stir up strife,
and the hotheaded cause many sins.
Haughtiness brings humiliation,
but the humble of spirit acquire honor.
Partners of a thief hate themselves;
they hear the imprecation but do not testify.
Fear of others becomes a snare,
but the one who trusts in the LORD is safe.
Many curry favor with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that one receives justice.
An abomination to the just, the evildoer;
an abomination to the wicked, one whose way is straight.