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Proverbs 29 World English Bible (WEB)

29 He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck
    will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father;
    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
The king by justice makes the land stable,
    but he who takes bribes tears it down.
A man who flatters his neighbor
    spreads a net for his feet.
An evil man is snared by his sin,
    but the righteous can sing and be glad.
The righteous care about justice for the poor.
    The wicked aren’t concerned about knowledge.
Mockers stir up a city,
    but wise men turn away anger.
If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man,
    the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity;
    and they seek the life of the upright.
11 A fool vents all of his anger,
    but a wise man brings himself under control.
12 If a ruler listens to lies,
    all of his officials are wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
    Yahweh gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 The king who fairly judges the poor,
    his throne shall be established forever.
15 The rod of correction gives wisdom,
    but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, sin increases;
    but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you peace;
    yes, he will bring delight to your soul.
18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
    but one who keeps the law is blessed.
19 A servant can’t be corrected by words.
    Though he understands, yet he will not respond.
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 pampers his servant from youth
    will have him become a son in the end.
22 An angry man stirs up strife,
    and a wrathful man abounds in sin.
23 A man’s pride brings him low,
    but one of lowly spirit gains honor.
24 Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul.
    He takes an oath, but dares not testify.
25 The fear of man proves to be a snare,
    but whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,
    but a man’s justice comes from Yahweh.
27 A dishonest man detests the righteous,
    and the upright in their ways detest the wicked.

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Proverbs 29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Warnings and Instructions

29 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken [a]beyond remedy.
When the righteous [b]increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
The king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
A man who flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.
By transgression an evil man is ensnared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
The righteous [c]is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such [d]concern.
Scorners set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away anger.
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
[e]The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
10 Men of bloodshed hate the blameless,
But the upright [f]are concerned for his life.
11 A fool [g]always loses his temper,
But a wise man holds it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to falsehood,
All his ministers become wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor [h]have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child [i]who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked [j]increase, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also [k]delight your soul.
18 Where there is no [l]vision, the people are unrestrained,
But happy is he who keeps the law.
19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone;
For though he understands, there will be no response.
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 pampers his slave from childhood
Will in the end find him to be a son.
22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
24 He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He hears the oath but tells nothing.
25 The fear of man [m]brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
26 Many seek the ruler’s [n]favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.
27 An unjust man is abominable to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:1 Lit and there is no remedy
  2. Proverbs 29:2 Or become great
  3. Proverbs 29:7 Lit knows the cause
  4. Proverbs 29:7 Lit knowledge
  5. Proverbs 29:9 Lit He
  6. Proverbs 29:10 Lit seek his soul
  7. Proverbs 29:11 Lit sends forth all his spirit
  8. Proverbs 29:13 Lit meet together
  9. Proverbs 29:15 Lit left to himself
  10. Proverbs 29:16 Or become great
  11. Proverbs 29:17 Lit give delight to
  12. Proverbs 29:18 Or revelation
  13. Proverbs 29:25 Lit gives
  14. Proverbs 29:26 Lit face
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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