29:1 The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.
29:2 When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
29:3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but whoever associates with prostitutes wastes his wealth.
29:4 A king brings stability to a land by justice,
but one who exacts tribute tears it down.
29:5 The one who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his steps.
29:6 In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare,
but a righteous person can sing and rejoice.
29:7 The righteous person cares for the legal rights of the poor;
the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
29:8 Scornful people inflame a city,
but those who are wise turn away wrath.
29:9 If a wise person goes to court with a foolish person,
there is no peace whether he is angry or laughs.
29:10 Bloodthirsty people hate someone with integrity;
as for the upright, they seek his life.
29:11 A fool lets fly with all his temper,
but a wise person keeps it back.
29:12 If a ruler listens to lies,
all his ministers will be wicked.
29:13 The poor person and the oppressor have this in common:
the Lord gives light to the eyes of them both.
29:14 If a king judges the poor in truth,
his throne will be established forever.
29:15 A rod and reproof impart wisdom,
but a child who is unrestrained brings shame to his mother.
29:16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but the righteous will see their downfall.
29:17 Discipline your child, and he will give you rest;
he will bring you happiness.
29:18 When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he!
29:19 A servant cannot be corrected by words,
for although he understands, there is no answer.
29:20 Do you see someone who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
29:21 If someone pampers his servant from youth,
he will be a weakling in the end.
29:22 An angry person stirs up dissension,
and a wrathful person is abounding in transgression.
29:23 A person’s pride will bring him low,
but one who has a lowly spirit will gain honor.
29:24 Whoever shares with a thief is his own enemy;
he hears the oath to testify, but does not talk.
29:25 The fear of people becomes a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord will be set on high.
29:26 Many people seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that one receives justice.
29:27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous,
and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked.