Proverbs 29
Christian Standard BibleEnglish Standard Version
1One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly--beyond recovery.1He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.3He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a person who demands "contributions" demolishes it.4By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
5A person who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.5A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6An evil person is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.6An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
7The righteous person knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.7A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
8Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.8Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.
9If a wise person goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.9If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
10Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.10Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.
11A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise person holds it in check.11A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials will be wicked.12If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.13The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
14A king who judges the poor with fairness--his throne will be established forever.14If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.
15A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother.15The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.16When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17Discipline your child, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.17Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
18Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.18Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond.19By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.
20Do you see someone who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21A servant pampered from his youth will become arrogant later on.21Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.
22An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered one increases rebellion.22A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.
23A person's pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.23One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.24The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
25The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.25The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.
26Many desire a ruler's favor, but a person receives justice from the LORD.26Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.
27An unjust person is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
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Proverbs 28
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