1One who stays stubborn after many corrections
will be suddenly broken, beyond healing.
2When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked dominate, the people moan.
3A man who loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
but one who spends time with prostitutes destroys riches.
4A king gives stability to the land by justice,
but one who imposes heavy taxes tears it down.
5People who flatter their friends
spread out a net for their feet.
6The wicked are snared by their own sin;#Tg, Syr; MT In the sin of an evil man is a snare
the righteous sing and rejoice.
7The righteous know the rights of the poor,
but the wicked don’t understand.
8Mockers set a city on fire,
but the wise turn back anger.
9When the wise make a legal charge against the foolish,
the fools shout, they laugh—there is no calm.
10Murderous people hate the innocent,
and they seek the lives of the virtuous.
11Fools show all their anger,
but the wise hold it back.
12If a ruler listens to lies,
those who serve him will be wicked.
13The poor and their oppressors have a common bond—
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor honestly,
his throne will be established forever.
15The rod and correction lead to wisdom,
but children out of control shame their mothers.
16When the wicked become numerous, so do crimes;
the righteous will see their downfall.
17Instruct your children; they will give you peace of mind
and bring delight into your life.
18When there’s no vision, the people get out of control,
but whoever obeys instruction is happy.
19Servants aren’t disciplined by words;
they might understand, but they don’t respond.
20Do you see people who are quick to speak?
There is more hope for fools than for them.
21Pamper servants from a young age,
and later on there will be trouble.
22Angry people stir up conflict;
hotheads cause much offense.
23Pride lays people low,
but those of humble spirit gain honor.
24Those who share plunder with thieves hate themselves;
even under oath, they don’t testify.
25People are trapped by their fear of others;
those who trust the Lord are secure.
26Many seek access to the ruler,
but justice comes from the Lord.
27The unjust person is disgusting to the righteous;
the straight path is disgusting to the wicked.