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Proverbs 29

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 1 He, who when being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that is without recourse.

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

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

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

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

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

 7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked decides not to recognize what condition they are in.

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

 9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, there is no peace [resolution] for the fool only rages and laughs. [Therefore a wise man does not choose to contend with a foolish man; but if ordered by God to rebuke a fool, the wise man of course obeys.]

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

 11 A fool utters all his mind, but a wise man keeps it back.

 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 both their eyes.

 14 The king who faithfully judges the poor shall have his throne 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 shall see their fall.

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

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

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

 20 See a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

 21 He who delicately brings up his servant from a child, shall have him become his son at the length.

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

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

 24 Whoever is partner with a thief, hates his own soul; he falls under a curse and does not betray it.

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

 26 Many seek the ruler's favor; but every man's judgment comes from the LORD.

 27 An unjust [unrighteous] man is an abomination to the just; and he who is upright in the way, is an abomination to the wicked [sinners]. [And so those who still sin, while thinking themselves righteous, will hate and persecute those who are without sin and truly righteous, Gal 4:29, even to kill them, thinking they are doing God a service. John 16:2]


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