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Proverbs 29 Modern English Version (MEV)

29 He who is often reproved, yet hardens his neck,
    will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
    but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.

Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father,
    but he who keeps company with harlots spends his substance.

The king establishes the land by judgment,
    but he who receives bribes overthrows it.

A man who flatters his neighbor
    spreads a net for his feet.

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare,
    but the righteous sing and rejoice.

The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
    but the wicked regards not to know it.

Scornful men bring a city into a snare,
    but wise men turn away wrath.

If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
    whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright,
    but the just seek his soul.

11 A fool utters all his mind,
    but a wise man keeps it in until afterwards.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,
    all his servants are wicked.

13 The poor and the deceitful man have this in common:
    The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 The king who faithfully judges the poor,
    his throne will be established forever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
    but the righteous will see their fall.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
    yes, he will give delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish;
    but happy is he who keeps the teaching.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words,
    for though he understands he will not answer.

20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
    There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who delicately brings up his servant from a child
    will have him as a son in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up strife,
    and a furious man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
    but honor will uphold the humble in spirit.

24 Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul;
    he hears the oath but tells nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare,
    but whoever puts his trust in the Lord will be safe.

26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,
    but every man’s judgment comes from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just,
    and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

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Proverbs 29 New International Version (NIV)

29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
    will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    when the wicked rule, the people groan.

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

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

Those who flatter their neighbors
    are spreading nets for their feet.

Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
    but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

The righteous care about justice for the poor,
    but the wicked have no such concern.

Mockers stir up a city,
    but the wise turn away anger.

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
    the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
    and seek to kill the upright.

11 Fools give full vent to their rage,
    but the wise bring calm in the end.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,
    all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
    The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
    his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
    but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
    but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
    they will bring you the delights you desire.

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
    though they understand, they will not respond.

20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.

21 A servant pampered from youth
    will turn out to be insolent.

22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

23 Pride brings a person low,
    but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
    they are put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
    but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
    the wicked detest the upright.


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