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Proverbs 29 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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

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