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1He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,

will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;

but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,

but one who keeps company with harlots squanders his substance.

4By justice a king gives stability to the land,

but one who exacts gifts ruins it.

5A man who flatters his neighbor

spreads a net for his feet.

6An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,

but a righteous man sings and rejoices.

7A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;

a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

8Scoffers set a city aflame,

but wise men turn away wrath.

9If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

10Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless,

and the wicked seek his life.

11A fool gives full vent to his anger,

but a wise man quietly holds it back.

12If a ruler listens to falsehood,

all his officials will be wicked.

13The poor man and the oppressor meet together;

the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14If a king judges the poor with equity

his throne will be established for ever.

15The rod and reproof give wisdom,

but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases;

but the righteous will look upon their downfall.

17Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;

he will give delight to your heart.

18Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint,

but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19By mere words a servant is not disciplined,

for though he understands, he will not give heed.

20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21He who pampers his servant from childhood,

will in the end find him his heir.

22A man of wrath stirs up strife,

and a man given to anger causes much transgression.

23A man’s pride will bring him low,

but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

24The partner of a thief hates his own life;

he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

25The fear of man lays a snare,

but he who trusts in the Lord is safe.

26Many seek the favor of a ruler,

but from the Lord a man gets justice.

27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,

but he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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