1He who remains stiffnecked after much rebuke
will be suddenly and incurably broken.
2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked are in power, the people groan.
3Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a patron of prostitutes wastes his wealth.
4A king gives stability to a country by justice,
but one who overtaxes it brings it to ruin.
5A person who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his own steps.
6In an evil person’s crime is a trap,
but the righteous sing and rejoice.
7The righteous understands the cause of the poor,
but the wicked is unconcerned.
8Scoffers can inflame a city,
but the wise can calm the fury.
9When a wise man argues with a foolish one,
he meets anger and ridicule without relief.
10Men of blood hate those who are pure
and seek the life of the upright.
11A fool gives vent to all his feelings,
but the wise, thinking of afterwards, stills them.
12If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
Adonai gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king steadfastly gives justice to the poor,
his throne will be secure forever.
15The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame on his mother.
16When the wicked flourish, wrongdoing flourishes;
but the righteous will witness their downfall.
17Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
yes, he will be your delight.
18Without a prophetic vision, the people throw off all restraint;
but he who keeps Torah is happy.
19A slave can’t be disciplined with words;
he may understand, but he won’t respond.
20Do you see someone too anxious to speak?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21A slave who is pampered from youth
will in the end be ungrateful.
22Angry people stir up strife;
hot-tempered people commit many crimes.
23The proud will be humbled,
but the humble will be honored.
24The accomplice of a thief hates himself;
he hears himself put under oath but discloses nothing.
25Fearing human beings is a snare;
but he who trusts in Adonai will be raised high [above danger].
26Many seek the ruler’s favor,
but it is from Adonai that each gets justice.
27An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous,
but he who lives uprightly is an abomination to the wicked.