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1 A man who is reproved, being stubborn of neck—
suddenly he will be broken, and there will not be healing.
2When the righteous are numerous, the people will rejoice,
but when the wicked are ruling, people will groan.
3A man who loves wisdom will make his parents glad,
but the friend of prostitutes#Or “whores” will squander his wealth.
4By justice a king gives stability to a land,
but a man of bribes will ruin it.
5A strong man who flatters his neighbor
is spreading a net for his feet.
6In transgression, an evil man is a snare,
but the righteous will sing and rejoice.#Hebrew “he will rejoice”
7The righteous knows the case of the poor,
but the wicked does not understand knowledge.
8Men of scoffing set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
9If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man,
then there is rankling and ridicule,#Hebrew “there is ridicule” but there is no relief.
10Men of blood hate the blameless,
and they seek the life of the upright.#Or “soul,” or “inner self”
11A fool gives all his breath,#Or “spirit”
but the wise holds back in quiet.
12A ruler listening to a word of falsehood,
all his officials are wicked.
13The poor and a man of oppression have this in common:
Yahweh gives light to the eyes of them both.#Literally “light of the eyes of the two of them”
14A king who judges with truthfulness to the poor,
his throne will be established forever.
15As for a rod and reproof, they#Hebrew “it” will give wisdom,
but a neglected child is disgraced by his mother.
16With the increase of the wicked, transgression will increase,
but the righteous will look on his downfall.
17Discipline your children, and they will give you rest,
and they will give delight to your soul.#Or “life,” or “inner self”
18When there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
but as for he who guards instruction, happiness is his.
19By words, a servant is not disciplined,
for he will understand, but there is no giving heed.
20You see a man who is hasty in his words:
there is more hope for a fool than him.
21He who pampers his servant from childhood,
arrogance will be his end.#Literally “and its/his end will be arrogance”
22A man of anger will stir strife,
and the owner of anger, much transgression.
23The pride of a person will bring him humiliation,
and the lowly of spirit will obtain honor.
24Being a partner with a thief is hating one’s life;#Or “soul,” or “inner self”
a curse he will hear, but not disclose.
25The fear of a person will lay a snare,
but he who trusts in Yahweh will be secure.
26Many are those who seek the favor#Literally “faces” of a ruler,
but from Yahweh one obtains justice.#Literally “comes justice for a man”
27A man of injustice is an abomination to the righteous,
but the upright#Literally “upright of way” is an abomination to the wicked.
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