1One who becomes stiff-necked,
after many reprimands
will be shattered instantly —
beyond recovery.29:1 Pr 1:24–31; 6:14–15

2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan.29:2 Ex 2:23; Est 8:15; Pr 11:10; 28:12,28

3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,29:3 Pr 10:1; 15:20; 23:24–25; 27:11; 28:7
but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.29:3 Pr 5:9–10; 6:26; Lk 15:13,30

4By justice a king brings stability to a land,29:4 2Ch 9:8; Pr 29:14
but a person who demands “contributions”29:4 The Hb word for contributions usually refers to offerings in worship.
demolishes it.29:4 Pr 17:23

5A person who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.29:5 Pr 26:28; 27:6; 28:23

6An evil person is caught by sin,29:6 Pr 12:13; 18:7; Ec 9:12
but the righteous one sings and rejoices.29:6 Ex 15:1

7The righteous person knows the rights29:7 Lit justice of the poor,29:7 Jb 29:16; Ps 41:1
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

8Mockers inflame a city,29:8 Pr 11:11; 26:21; 29:22
but the wise turn away anger.

9If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.29:9 Lit rest29:9 Pr 26:4

10Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person,29:10 Gn 4:5–8; 1Jn 3:12
but the upright care about him.29:10 Or person, and seek the life of the upright

11A fool gives full vent to his anger,29:11 Lit spirit29:11 Pr 12:16
but a wise person holds it in check.29:11 Pr 16:32; 25:28

12If a ruler listens to lies,29:12 1Kg 22:8,21–23
all his officials will be wicked.

13The poor and the oppressor have this in common:29:13 Lit oppressor meet
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.29:13 Pr 22:2

14A king who judges the poor with fairness —
his throne will be established forever.29:14 Ps 72:4; Pr 16:12; 25:5; Is 11:4

15A rod of correction imparts wisdom,29:15 Pr 13:24; 22:15
but a youth left to himself29:15 Lit youth sent away
is a disgrace to his mother.29:15 Pr 10:1; 17:25

16When the wicked increase, rebellion increases,
but the righteous will see their downfall.29:16 Ps 37:34,36; 58:10; 91:8; 92:11

17Discipline your child,29:17 Pr 13:24 and it will bring you peace of mind
and give you delight.

18Without revelation29:18 Lit vision29:18 1Sm 3:1; Ps 74:9; Am 8:11–12 people run wild,29:18 Ex 32:25
but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.29:18 Ps 119:2; Pr 8:32; Jn 13:17; Jms 1:25

19A servant cannot be disciplined by words;
though he understands, he doesn’t respond.29:19 Mt 18:17

20Do you see someone who speaks too soon?29:20 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.29:20 Pr 26:12

21A servant pampered from his youth
will become arrogant29:21 Hb obscure later on.

22An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered one29:22 Lit a master of rage increases rebellion.29:22 Pr 15:18; 26:21; 28:25

23A person’s pride will humble him,29:23 2Sm 22:28; Mt 23:12; Jms 4:6
but a humble spirit will gain honor.29:23 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.29:24 Lv 5:1; Jos 7:19; Zch 5:3–4; Jn 9:24

25The fear of mankind is a snare,29:25 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.29:25 Lit raised high29:25 Pr 14:27; 18:10

26Many desire a ruler’s favor,29:26 Pr 16:15; 19:6
but a person receives justice from the Lord.29:26 Is 49:4; 1Co 4:4–5

27An unjust person is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked.29:27 Pr 29:10; Mt 10:22; Jn 15:18; 1Jn 3:13