29 Whoever is ·stubborn [L stiff-necked] after being corrected many times will suddenly be ·hurt [broken] beyond ·cure [healing].
2 When ·good [righteous] people ·do well [or multiply; increase], ·everyone is [L the people are] happy, but when evil people ·rule [dominate], ·everyone groans [L the people groan/moan].
3 Those who love wisdom make their ·parents [L father] happy, but friends of prostitutes ·waste their money [destroy riches].
4 If a king is ·fair [just], he makes his country ·strong [stable], but if he ·takes gifts dishonestly [heavily taxes/extorts it], he tears his country down [1 Sam. 12:10–18].
5 Those who give false praise to their ·neighbors [or friends] are setting a ·trap for them [trap/net for their feet].
6 Evil people are trapped by their own ·sin [offenses], but ·good [righteous] people can sing and be happy.
7 ·Good [Righteous] people ·care [know] about ·justice for [the rights of] the poor, but the wicked ·are not concerned [L do not understand].
8 ·People who make fun of wisdom [Mockers] ·cause trouble in [L inflame] a city, but wise people ·calm anger down [L turn back anger].
9 When a wise person ·takes a foolish person to court [or debates/disputes a fool], the fool only shouts or laughs, and there is no ·peace [rest].
10 Murderers hate an ·honest [innocent; blameless] person and ·try to kill [L seek the life of] ·those who do right [the virtuous].
11 Foolish people ·lose their tempers [or let nothing go unexpressed; L let all their spirit out], but wise people ·control theirs [quiet things down afterward].
12 If a ruler pays attention to lies, all ·his officers [those who serve him] will become wicked [Ps. 101:6–8].
13 The poor person and the ·cruel person [oppressor] are alike in that the Lord gave light to the eyes of both of them.
14 If a king judges poor people ·fairly [in truth; reliably], his ·government [L throne] will ·continue [be established] forever.
15 Correction and ·punishment [L the rod] make children wise, but those ·left alone [unsupervised] will disgrace their mother.
16 When there are many wicked people, there is much ·sin [offense], but ·those who do right [the righteous] will see ·them destroyed [their downfall].
17 ·Correct [Instruct; Discipline] your children, and ·you will be proud [they will give you peace of mind]; they will give you ·satisfaction [delight].
18 Where there is no ·word from God [L vision; prophecy], ·people are uncontrolled [T the people perish], but those who ·obey what they have been taught [L guard the law] are ·happy [blessed].
19 Words alone cannot ·correct [instruct] a servant, because even if they understand, they won’t respond.
20 Do you see people who speak too ·quickly [hastily]? There is more hope for a foolish person than for them.
21 If you ·spoil [pamper] your servants when they are young, they will bring you ·grief [trouble] later on.
22 An angry person ·causes trouble [stirs up conflict]; a person with ·a quick temper [wrath] sins a lot.
23 Pride will ·ruin people [cause people to fall], but ·those who are humble will be honored [a lowly spirit holds honor/glory tight].
24 ·Partners of [L Those who divide plunder with] thieves ·are their own worst enemies [L hate their lives/themselves]. If they ·have to testify in court [L hear a curse], they ·are afraid to [L do not] say anything.
25 ·Being afraid of [Anxiety about] people ·can get you into trouble [L is a trap], but if you trust the Lord, you will be ·safe [protected; Ps. 56:11; 1 John 4:18].
26 Many people want ·to speak to [an audience with] a ruler, but justice comes only from the Lord.
27 ·Good [Righteous] people ·hate [detest] ·those who are dishonest [the unjust], and the wicked ·hate [detest] ·those who are honest [L the straight path].
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