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Proverbs 29 The Passion Translation (TPT)

29 Stubborn people who repeatedly refuse to accept correction

will suddenly be broken and never recover.
Everyone rejoices when the lovers of God flourish,
but the people groan when the wicked rise to power.
When you love wisdom, your father is overjoyed.
But when you associate with prostitutes,
you waste your wealth in exchange for disgrace.[a]
A godly leader who values justice
is a great strength and example to the people.
But the one who sells his influence for money[b]
tears down what is right.
Flattery can often be used as a trap to hide ulterior motives
and take advantage of you.
The wicked always have a trap laid for others,
but the lovers of God escape as they sing and shout
in joyous triumph!
God’s righteous people will pour themselves out for the poor,[c]
but the ungodly make no attempt to understand or help the needy.

You Can’t Argue with a Fool

Arrogant cynics love to pick fights,
but the humble and wise love to pursue peace.
There’s no use arguing with a fool,[d]
for his ranting and raving prevent you from making a case
and settling the argument in a calm way.
10 Violent men hate those with integrity,
but the lovers of God esteem those who are holy.[e]
11 You can recognize fools by the way
they give full vent to their rage
and let their words fly!
But the wise bite their tongue and hold back all they could say.
12 When leaders listen to false accusations,
their associates become scoundrels.
13 Poor people and their oppressors
have only one thing in common—
God made them both.[f]
14 The best insurance for a leader’s longevity
is to demonstrate justice for the poor.
15 Experiencing many corrections and rebukes will make you wise.
But if left to your own ways, you’ll bring disgrace to your parents.[g]
16 When the wicked are in power, lawlessness abounds.
But the patient lovers of God will one day watch in triumph
as their stronghold topples!
17 Correct your child and one day you’ll find he has changed
and will bring you great delight.
18 When there is no clear prophetic vision,[h]
people quickly wander astray.[i]
But when you follow the revelation of the word,
heaven’s bliss fills your soul.
19 A stubborn servant can’t be corrected by words alone.
For even if he understands, he pays no attention to you.
20 There’s only one kind of person who is worse than a fool:
the impetuous one who speaks without thinking first.
21 If you pamper your servants,
don’t be surprised when they expect to be treated as sons.[j]
22 The source of strife is found in an angry heart,
for sin surrounds the life of a furious man.[k]
23 Lift yourself up with pride and you will soon be brought low,[l]
but a meek and humble spirit will add to your honor.
24 You are your own worst enemy when you partner with a thief,
for a curse of guilt will come upon you
when you fail to report a crime.[m]
25 Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back.
But when you place your confidence in the Lord,
you will be seated in the high place.
26 Everyone curries favor with leaders.
But God is the judge, and justice comes from him.
27 The wicked hate those who live a godly life,
but the righteous hate injustice wherever it’s found.


  1. Proverbs 29:3 See Luke 15:11-24.
  2. Proverbs 29:4 See 1 Tim. 6:10.
  3. Proverbs 29:7 The Hebrew text implies standing up for the legal rights of the poor.
  4. Proverbs 29:9 The Hebrew implies an argument in a court of law.
  5. Proverbs 29:10 As translated from the Septuagint.
  6. Proverbs 29:13 A figure of speech in Hebrew that can literally be translated “God gave them both the gift of eyesight.” The Septuagint is “The contracts between lenders and debtors is observed by the Lord.”
  7. Proverbs 29:15 As translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is “your mother.”
  8. Proverbs 29:18 The Hebrew word used here can refer to “vision of the night,” “dream,” “oracle,” or “revelation.” The Septuagint reads “where there is no prophetic seer [or interpreter].”
  9. Proverbs 29:18 Or “let loose, stripped, or made naked.” The Septuagint reads “The people become lawless.”
  10. Proverbs 29:21 Or “If you pamper your servant when he is young, he’ll become a weakling in the end.” The Septuagint reads “If you live in luxury as a child, you’ll become a domestic [servant] and at last will be grieved with yourself.” The Aramaic states, “You’ll be uprooted in the end.”
  11. Proverbs 29:22 The Hebrew word translated as “a furious man” can also mean “lord of fury” or “Baal of wrath.”
  12. Proverbs 29:23 Or “to depression.”
  13. Proverbs 29:24 Or “when under oath to testify but you do not talk.”
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