A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,(A)
but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.(B)

By justice a king brings stability to a land,(C)
but a man who demands “contributions”[a]
demolishes it.(D)

A man who flatters[b] his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 29:4 The Hb word for “contributions” usually refers to offerings in worship.
  2. Proverbs 29:5 Lit is smooth on

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