29:1 The one who stiffens his neck1 after numerous rebukes2
will suddenly be destroyed3 without remedy.4
29:2 When the righteous become numerous,5 the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.6
29:3 The man7 who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,8
but whoever associates9 with prostitutes wastes10 his wealth.11
29:4 A king brings stability12 to a land13 by justice,
but one who exacts tribute14 tears it down.
29:5 The one15 who flatters16 his neighbor
spreads a net17 for his steps.18
29:6 In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare,19
but a righteous person can sing20 and rejoice.21
29:7 The righteous person cares for22 the legal rights23 of the poor;
the wicked does not understand such24 knowledge.
29:8 Scornful people25 inflame26 a city,27
but those who are wise turn away wrath.
29:9 If a wise person28 goes to court29 with a foolish person,
there is no peace30 whether he is angry or laughs.31
29:10 Bloodthirsty people32 hate someone with integrity;33
as for the upright, they seek his life.34
29:11 A fool lets fly with all his temper,35
but a wise person keeps it back.36
29:12 If a ruler listens to37 lies,38
all his ministers39 will be wicked.40
29:13 The poor person and the oppressor41 have this in common:42
29:14 If a king judges the poor in truth,44
his throne45 will be established forever.
29:15 A rod and reproof46 impart47 wisdom,
but a child who is unrestrained48 brings shame49 to his mother.50
29:16 When the wicked increase,51 transgression increases,
but the righteous will see52 their downfall.
29:17 Discipline your child, and he will give you rest;53
he will bring you54 happiness.55
29:18 When there is no prophetic vision56 the people cast off restraint,57
but the one who keeps the law,58 blessed is he!59
29:19 A servant60 cannot be corrected61 by words,
for although62 he understands, there is no answer.63
29:20 Do you see someone64 who is hasty in his words?65
There is more hope for a fool than for him.66
29:21 If67 someone pampers his servant from youth,
he will be a weakling68 in the end.
29:22 An angry person69 stirs up dissension,
and a wrathful person70 is abounding in transgression.71
29:23 A person’s pride72 will bring him low,73
but one who has a lowly spirit74 will gain honor.
29:24 Whoever shares with a thief75 is his own enemy;76
he hears the oath to testify,77 but does not talk.
29:25 The fear of people78 becomes79 a snare,80
but whoever trusts in the
29:26 Many people seek the face82 of a ruler,
but it is from the
29:27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous,
and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked.84