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Proverbs 29 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Happy Is He Who Keeps the Law
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:1 - He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:3 - Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:4 - The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:5 - A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:6 - By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:7 - The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:8 - Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:9 - If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:10 - The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
But the upright seek his well-being.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:11 - A fool vents all his feelings,[fn]
But a wise man holds them back.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:12 - If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:13 - The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:14 - The king who judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:15 - The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:16 - When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:17 - Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:18 - Where there is no revelation,[fn] the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:19 - A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:20 - Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:21 - He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:22 - An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:23 - A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:24 - Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He swears to tell the truth,[fn] but reveals nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:25 - The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:26 - Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:27 - An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally soul
Literally spirit
Or prophetic vision
Literally hears the adjuration

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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