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The commonality shall be glad in the multiplying of just men; when wicked men have taken princehood, the people shall wail. (The community shall be glad when the righteous rule; but when the wicked rule, then the people shall wail.)

A man that loveth wisdom, maketh glad his father; but he that nourisheth a strumpet, shall lose his chattel. (A man who loveth wisdom, maketh his father glad; but he who feedeth a whore, shall lose his possessions.)

A just king raiseth [up] the land; an avaricious man shall destroy it.

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When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;(A)
    when the wicked rule,(B) the people groan.(C)

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,(D)
    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.(E)

By justice a king gives a country stability,(F)
    but those who are greedy for[a] bribes tear it down.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 29:4 Or who give

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