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Proverbs 29 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

29 One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn,
    will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad,
    but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance.
By justice a king gives stability to the land,
    but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.
Whoever flatters a neighbor
    is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.
In the transgression of the evil there is a snare,
    but the righteous sing and rejoice.
The righteous know the rights of the poor;
    the wicked have no such understanding.
Scoffers set a city aflame,
    but the wise turn away wrath.
If the wise go to law with fools,
    there is ranting and ridicule without relief.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
    and they seek the life of the upright.
11 A fool gives full vent to anger,
    but the wise quietly holds it back.
12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,
    all his officials will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
    the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with equity,
    his throne will be established forever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child.
16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,
    but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
    they will give delight to your heart.
18 Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
    but happy are those who keep the law.
19 By mere words servants are not disciplined,
    for though they understand, they will not give heed.
20 Do you see someone who is hasty in speech?
    There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.
21 A slave pampered from childhood
    will come to a bad end.[a]
22 One given to anger stirs up strife,
    and the hothead causes much transgression.
23 A person’s pride will bring humiliation,
    but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24 To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life;
    one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing.[b]
25 The fear of others[c] lays a snare,
    but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.
26 Many seek the favor of a ruler,
    but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
27 The unjust are an abomination to the righteous,
    but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:21 Vg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Proverbs 29:24 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  3. Proverbs 29:25 Or human fear
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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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.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:4 Or who give
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