1One who becomes stiff-necked,
after many reprimands
will be shattered instantly —
beyond recovery. Pr 1:24-31; 6:14-15
2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan. Ex 2:23; Est 8:15; Pr 11:10; 28:12,28
3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, Pr 10:1; 15:20; 23:24-25; 27:11; 28:7
but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth. Pr 5:9-10; 6:26; Lk 15:13,30
4By justice a king brings stability to a land, 2Ch 9:8; Pr 29:14
but a man who demands “contributions” The Hb word for “contributions” usually refers to offerings in worship.
demolishes it. Pr 17:23
5A man who flatters Lit is smooth on his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet. Pr 26:28; 27:6; 28:23
6An evil man is caught by sin, Pr 12:13; 18:7; Ec 9:12
but the righteous one sings and rejoices. Ex 15:1
7The righteous person knows the rights Lit justice of the poor, Jb 29:16; Ps 41:1
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.
8Mockers inflame a city, Pr 11:11; 26:21; 29:22
but the wise turn away anger.
9If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution. Lit rest Pr 26:4
10Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, Gn 4:5-8; 1Jn 3:12
but the upright care about him. Or person, and seek the life of the upright
11A fool gives full vent to his anger, Lit spirit Pr 12:16
but a wise man holds it in check. Pr 16:32; 25:28
12If a ruler listens to lies, 1Kg 22:8,21-23
all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common: Lit oppressor meet
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. Pr 22:2
14A king who judges the poor with fairness —
his throne will be established forever. Ps 72:4; Pr 16:12; 25:5; Is 11:4
15A rod of correction imparts wisdom, Pr 13:24; 22:15
but a youth left to himself Lit youth sent away
is a disgrace to his mother. Pr 10:1; 17:25
16When the wicked increase, rebellion increases,
but the righteous will see their downfall. Ps 37:34,36; 58:10; 91:8; 92:11
17Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mind Pr 13:24
and give you delight.
18Without revelation Lit vision 1Sm 3:1; Ps 74:9; Am 8:11-12 people run wild, Ex 32:25
but one who listens to instruction will be happy. Ps 119:2; Pr 8:32; Jn 13:17; Jms 1:25
19A slave cannot be disciplined by words;
though he understands, he doesn’t respond. Mt 18:17
20Do you see a man who speaks too soon? Lv 5:4; Jdg 11:30-31,34; Pr 10:19; 17:27; 19:2; 20:25
There is more hope for a fool than for him. Pr 26:12
21A slave pampered from his youth
will become arrogant Hb obscure later on.
22An angry man stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered man Lit a master of rage increases rebellion. Pr 15:18; 26:21; 28:25
23A person’s pride will humble him, 2Sm 22:28; Mt 23:12; Jms 4:6
but a humble spirit will gain honor. Pr 11:2; 15:33; 18:12; 22:4
24To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself;
he hears the curse but will not testify. When a call for witnesses was made public, anyone with information who did not submit his testimony was under a curse. Lv 5:1
25The fear of man is a snare, Gn 12:12; 20:2; 1Sm 13:11; Lk 12:4; Jn 12:42-43
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected. Lit raised high Pr 14:27; 18:10
26Many seek a ruler’s favor, Pr 16:15; 19:6
but a man receives justice from the Lord. Is 49:4; 1Co 4:4-5
27An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked. Pr 29:10; Mt 10:22; Jn 15:18; 1Jn 3:13