1One who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed— without remedy.
2When the righteous thrive, people rejoice. When the wicked rule, people groan.
3Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4By justice a king brings stability to a land, but one who takes bribes brings it ruin.
5A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6In an evil man’s wrongdoing is a trap, but the righteous sings and rejoices.
7A righteous person considers justice for the poor. The wicked one has no such concern.
8Mockers incite a city, but wise men turn away anger.
9If a wise man argues with a foolish man, he rants or laughs, with no resolution.
10Bloodthirsty people hate a man of integrity and seek the soul of the upright.
11A fool gives full vent to his temper, but a wise man holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants will be wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: Adonai gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with truth, his throne will always be secure.
15A rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
16When the wicked thrive, wrongdoing increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17Correct your son and he will give you rest. He will bring delight to your soul.
18Where there is no divine vision people cast off restraint, but blessed is the one who keeps Torah.
19A servant cannot be corrected by words, for though he understands, he will not respond.
20Do you see someone hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than him.
21If someone pampers his slave from childhood in the end he will be ungrateful.
22An angry man stirs up dissention, and a hotheaded one commits many transgressions.
23A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will gain honor.
24An accomplice of a thief is his own enemy. He hears the oath but says nothing.
25Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but one who trusts in Adonai will be kept safe.
26Many seek an audience with a ruler, but from Adonai one receives justice.
27The righteous detest the unjust, and the wicked detest the upright.