1 # [1 Sam. 2:25]; See ch. 1:24-27 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be #[Isa. 30:14; Jer. 19:11] broken #ch. 6:15beyond healing.
2When #ch. 11:10; 28:12, 28; [Esth. 8:15] the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when #[Esth. 3:15]the wicked rule, the people groan.
3He who #[ch. 10:1; 15:20; 27:11; 28:7] loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but #[ch. 5:9, 10; 6:26] a companion of prostitutes #Luke 15:13, 30squanders his wealth.
4By justice a king #[ver. 14; 2 Chr. 9:8]builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts#29:4 Or who taxes heavily tears it down.
5 # ch. 28:23 A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads #[Ps. 9:15]a net for his feet.
6An evil man is #[Eccles. 9:12] ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man #[Ex. 15:1, 21; Ps. 35:27]sings and rejoices.
7A righteous man #Job 29:16; Ps. 41:1 knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not #[ch. 28:27]understand such knowledge.
8 # [ch. 11:11] Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
9If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is #[Eccles. 4:6]no quiet.
10Bloodthirsty men #[Gen. 4:5, 8; 1 John 3:12]hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.#29:10 Or but the upright seek his soul
11A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
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 #[ch. 22:2] meet together;
the Lord #Ps. 13:3; See Job 25:3gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king #[Ps. 72:4] faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will #[ver. 4]; See ch. 16:12be established forever.
15 # See ver. 17 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself #ch. 10:1; 17:25brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but #Ps. 37:34, 36; 58:10; 91:8; 92:11the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 # See ch. 13:24 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
18Where #1 Sam. 3:1; [2 Chr. 15:3; Ps. 74:9; Amos 8:11, 12] there is no prophetic vision the people #Ex. 32:25 cast off restraint,#29:18 Or the people are discouraged
but blessed is he who #Luke 11:28; John 13:17; James 1:25keeps the law.
19By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.
20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
# ch. 26:12 There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir.#29:21 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered his heir is uncertain
22 # See ch. 15:18 A man of wrath stirs up strife,
and one given to anger causes much transgression.
23 # ch. 17:19; 2 Sam. 22:28; Matt. 23:12; James 4:6; See ch. 11:2 One’s pride will bring him low,
# ch. 15:33; 18:12 but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24The partner of a thief #See ch. 8:36 hates his own life;
# See Lev. 5:1 he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
Luke 12:4; [Gen. 12:12, 13; 20:2, 11; 26:7; John 12:42, 43] The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
26Many #ch. 19:6 seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that a man #Isa. 49:4; 1 Cor. 4:4, 5gets justice.
27 # [2 Cor. 6:14] An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.