1 A person who stiffens his neck after multiple rebukes
will suddenly be broken and there will be no remedy.
2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when a wicked person rules, the people groan.
3 A person who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but the man who associates with prostitutes destroys his wealth.
4 A king brings stability to the land by justice,
but a person who demands “contributions” will overthrow the land.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.
6 An evil person is ensnared by transgression,
but a righteous person sings aloud and rejoices.
7 A righteous person knows the legal claim of the poor;
a wicked person does not understand this knowledge.
8 Scornful people inflame a city,
but the wise turn away anger.
9 A wise person disputes with a foolish person;
and he rages or laughs, but there is no calm.
10 People who cause bloodshed hate a blameless person,
but the upright show concern for his life.
11 A fool lets out all of his emotions,
but a wise person keeps them calm within.
12 A ruler who pays attention to deceptive words—
all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor person and the oppressive person have this in common:
Yahweh gives light to the eyes of them both.
14 A king who judges the poor with faithfulness—
his throne will be established forever.
15 A rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child who is left to itself puts his mother to shame.
16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but the righteous will see their ruin.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest,
and he will give delight to your soul.
18 When there is no vision, people are unrestrained,
but blessed is the one who keeps the Law.a
19 A servant cannot be corrected simply with words,
for he understands, but he does not respond.
20 Do you see a person who is hasty with his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 The one who spoils his servant from childhood—
in the end he will become rebellious.
22 An angry person stirs up strife,
and a vengeful person commits much transgression.
23 A person’s pride will bring him low,
but a humble spirit will obtain glory.b
24 The person who partners with a thief hates his own soul;
he hears an oathc to testify, but discloses nothing.
25 The fear of people will bring a snare,
but the one who trusts in Yahweh will be protected.d
26 Many seek the attention of the one who rules,
but a person receives justice from Yahweh.
27 A dishonest person is an abomination to the righteous,
and the one whose road is upright is an abomination to a wicked person.