15 By me (A)kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.

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19 One who (A)loves wrongdoing loves strife;
One who (B)makes his doorway high seeks destruction.
20 One who has a crooked [a]mind (C)finds nothing good,
And one who is [b](D)corrupted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who (E)fathers a fool does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A (F)joyful heart [c]is good medicine,
But a broken spirit (G)dries up the bones.
23 A wicked person accepts a (H)bribe [d]from an inside pocket
To (I)pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of one who has understanding,
But the (J)eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A (K)foolish son is a grief to his father,
And (L)bitterness to her who gave birth to him.
26 It is also not good to (M)fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 17:20 Lit heart
  2. Proverbs 17:20 Lit altered in his tongue
  3. Proverbs 17:22 Lit causes good healing
  4. Proverbs 17:23 Lit a fold in a robe; i.e., secretly

25 (A)Strike a scoffer and the naive may become clever,
But (B)rebuke one who has understanding, and he will [a]gain knowledge.
26 He (C)who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 Stop listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A worthless witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked [b](D)swallows wrongdoing.
29 [c]Judgments are prepared for (E)scoffers,
And (F)beatings for the backs of fools.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 19:25 Lit discern
  2. Proverbs 19:28 Another reading is pours out
  3. Proverbs 19:29 LXX Rods

A righteous person who (A)walks in his integrity—
(B)How blessed are his sons after him.
(C)A king who sits on the throne of justice
[a]Disperses all evil with his eyes.
(D)Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
10 [b](E)Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the Lord.
11 It is by his deeds that a boy [c](F)distinguishes himself,
If his conduct is pure and right.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 20:8 Or Sifts
  2. Proverbs 20:10 Lit A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah
  3. Proverbs 20:11 Or makes himself known