The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1One often reproved, hardening his neck, Is suddenly broken, and there is no healing.
2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; But when a wrong one rules, the people sigh.
3He who loves wisdom gladdens his father, But a companion of whores destroys wealth.
4A sovereign establishes a land by right-ruling, But one who receives bribes throws it down.
5A man who flatters his neighbour Spreads a net for his own feet.
6An evil man is ensnared by transgression, But the righteous sings and rejoices.
7The righteous knows the plea of the poor, The wrong does not understand such knowledge.
8Scoffers ensnare a city, But the wise turn away wrath.
9When a wise man disputes with a foolish man, Whether he rages or laughs, there is no peace.
10Bloodthirsty men hate the perfect, And seek the life of the straight.
11A fool lets out all his breath, But the wise calms it down.
12If a ruler listens to lying words, All his servants become wrong.
13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: יהוה gives light to the eyes of both.
14The sovereign who rightly rules the poor with truth, His throne is established forever.
15A rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child unrestrained brings shame to his mother.
16When the wrong become many, transgression increases; But the righteous look on their fall.
17Discipline your son, And he brings you rest and delight to your life.
18Where there is no vision, the people are let loose, But blessed is he who guards the Torah.
19A servant is not disciplined by words; Though he understands, he does not respond.
20Have you seen a man hasty in his words? There is more expectancy for a fool than for him.
21He who deals tenderly With his servant from youth, Has him as a son in the end.
22A man of displeasure stirs up strife, And a master of rage has many a transgression.
23The pride of man brings him low, But the humble in spirit obtains esteem.
24He who shares with a thief hates his own life; He hears an oath, but does not report.
25The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in יהוה is set on high.
26Many seek the face of a ruler, But right-ruling for man comes from יהוה.
27An unrighteous man Is an abomination to the righteous, And he who is straight in the way Is an abomination to the wrong.