1Whoever is stubborn after being corrected many times
will suddenly be hurt beyond cure.
2When good people do well, everyone is happy,
but when evil people rule, everyone groans.
3Those who love wisdom make their parents happy,
but friends of prostitutes waste their money.
4If a king is fair, he makes his country strong,
but if he takes gifts dishonestly, he tears his country down.
5Those who give false praise to their neighbors
are setting a trap for them.
6Evil people are trapped by their own sin,
but good people can sing and be happy.
7Good people care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked are not concerned.
8People who make fun of wisdom cause trouble in a city,
but wise people calm anger down.
9When a wise person takes a foolish person to court,
the fool only shouts or laughs, and there is no peace.
10Murderers hate an honest person
and try to kill those who do right.
11Foolish people lose their tempers,
but wise people control theirs.
12If a ruler pays attention to lies,
all his officers will become wicked.
13The poor person and the cruel person are alike
in that the Lord gave eyes to both of them.
14If a king judges poor people fairly,
his government will continue forever.
15Correction and punishment make children wise,
but those left alone will disgrace their mother.
16When there are many wicked people, there is much sin,
but those who do right will see them destroyed.
17Correct your children, and you will be proud;
they will give you satisfaction.
18Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled,
but those who obey what they have been taught are happy.
19Words alone cannot correct a servant,
because even if they understand, they won’t respond.
20Do you see people who speak too quickly?
There is more hope for a foolish person than for them.
21If you spoil your servants when they are young,
they will bring you grief later on.
22An angry person causes trouble;
a person with a quick temper sins a lot.
23Pride will ruin people,
but those who are humble will be honored.
24Partners of thieves are their own worst enemies.
If they have to testify in court, they are afraid to say anything.
25Being afraid of people can get you into trouble,
but if you trust the Lord, you will be safe.
26Many people want to speak to a ruler,
but justice comes only from the Lord.
27Good people hate those who are dishonest,
and the wicked hate those who are honest.
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