Scorners set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away anger.
9When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
10Men of bloodshed hate the blameless,
But the upright are concerned for his life.
11A fool always loses his temper,
But a wise man holds it back.
12If a ruler pays attention to falsehood,
All his ministers become wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.
15The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.
17Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also delight your soul.
18Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,
But happy is he who keeps the law.
19A slave will not be instructed by words alone;
For though he understands, there will be no response.
20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21He who pampers his slave from childhood
Will in the end find him to be a son.
22An angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
23A mans pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
24He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He hears the oath but tells nothing.
25The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
26Many seek the rulers favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.
27An unjust man is abominable to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Scoffers set a city in a flame; But wise men turn away wrath.
Corrupt men bring a city to ruin: but wise men turn away wrath.
Darby Bible Translation
Scornful men set the city in a flame; but the wise turn away anger.
English Revised Version
Scornful men set a city in a flame: but wise men turn away wrath.
Webster's Bible Translation
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
World English Bible
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
Young's Literal Translation
Men of scorning ensnare a city, And the wise turn back anger.
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A Sermon (No. 3080) Published on Thursday, February 20th, 1908. Delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Lord's Day evening, March 29th, 1874. "The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso puteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." --Proverbs 29:25. We have two ancient proverbs here; each of them is true as a separate proverb, and they are equally true when linked together. The independent proposition, that the fear of man bringeth a snare, is a truth which experience …
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St. Augustine—On Lying
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