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Proverbs 29:18-20 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 Without a vision the people lose restraint;
    but happy is the one who follows instruction.[a]
19 Not by words alone can servants be trained;
    for they understand but do not respond.[b]
20 Do you see someone hasty in speech?
    There is more hope for a fool!

Footnotes:

  1. 29:18 This much-cited proverb has been interpreted in several different ways. “Vision” and “instruction” mean authoritative guidance for the community. People are demoralized without credible leadership, but any individual heeding traditional instruction can still find happiness. As in 15:15 wisdom enables an individual to surmount days of trouble.
  2. 29:19 The give and take of reproving is not possible for servants or slaves. Ancient custom dictated silent acquiescence for them. There is no open and free dialogue, which is part of ancient discipline.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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