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