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One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn,

will suddenly be broken beyond healing.


When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;

but when the wicked rule, the people groan.


A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad,

but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance.


By justice a king gives stability to the land,

but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.


Whoever flatters a neighbor

is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.


In the transgression of the evil there is a snare,

but the righteous sing and rejoice.


The righteous know the rights of the poor;

the wicked have no such understanding.


Scoffers set a city aflame,

but the wise turn away wrath.


If the wise go to law with fools,

there is ranting and ridicule without relief.


The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,

and they seek the life of the upright.


A fool gives full vent to anger,

but the wise quietly holds it back.


If a ruler listens to falsehood,

all his officials will be wicked.


The poor and the oppressor have this in common:

the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.


If a king judges the poor with equity,

his throne will be established forever.


The rod and reproof give wisdom,

but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child.


When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,

but the righteous will look upon their downfall.


Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;

they will give delight to your heart.


Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,

but happy are those who keep the law.


By mere words servants are not disciplined,

for though they understand, they will not give heed.


Do you see someone who is hasty in speech?

There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.


A slave pampered from childhood

will come to a bad end.


One given to anger stirs up strife,

and the hothead causes much transgression.


A person’s pride will bring humiliation,

but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.


To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life;

one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing.


The fear of others lays a snare,

but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.


Many seek the favor of a ruler,

but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.


The unjust are an abomination to the righteous,

but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.


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Pr 29:1-27.

1. hardeneth … neck—obstinately refuses counsel (2Ki 17:14; Ne 9:16).

destroyed—literally, "shivered" or "utterly broken to pieces."

without remedy—literally, "without healing" or repairing.

2. (Compare Pr 11:10; 28:28).

in authority—(Compare Margin), increased in power.

3. (Compare Pr 4:6, 7; 10:1, &c.).

4. by judgment—that is, righteous decisions, opposed to those procured by gifts (compare Pr 28:21), by which good government is perverted.

land—for nation.

5. (Compare Pr 26:28).

spreadeth … feet—By misleading him as to his real character, the flatterer brings him to evil, prepared by himself or others.

6. In—or, "By"

the transgression—he is brought into difficulty (Pr 12:13), but the righteous go on prospering, and so sing or rejoice.

7. considereth—literally, "knows," as Ps 1:6.

the cause—that is, in courts of justice (compare Pr 29:14). The voluntary neglect of it by the wicked (Pr 28:27) occasions oppression.

8. Scornful men—those who contemptuously disregard God's law.

bring—(Compare Margin), kindle strife.

turn away wrath—that is, "abate wrath."

9. contendeth—that is, in law.

whether … laugh—The fool, whether angry or good-humored, is unsettled; or referring the words to the wise man, the sense is, that all his efforts, severe or gentle, are unavailing to pacify the fool.

10. bloodthirsty—(Compare Margin), murderers (Ps 5:6; 26:9).

hate, &c.—(Pr 1:11; Ge 3:4).

seek … soul—that is, to preserve it.

11. (Compare Pr 12:16; 16:32).

mind—or, "spirit," for anger or any ill passion which the righteous restrain.

12. His servants imitate him.

13. (Compare Pr 22:2).

deceitful man—literally, "man of vexations," an exactor.

the Lord … their eyes—sustains their lives (1Sa 14:27; Ps 13:3); that is, both depend on Him, and He will do justice.

14. (Compare Pr 20:28; 25:5). Such is the character of the King of kings (Ps 72:4, 12).

15. (Compare Pr 13:24; 23:13).

16. (Compare Pr 29:2, 12; Ps 12:1-8).

shall see … fall—and triumph in it (Ps 37:34-38; 58:10, 11).

17. (Compare Pr 29:3, 15; Pr 19:18).

give thee rest—peace and quiet (compare Pr 29:9).

18. no vision—instruction in God's truth, which was by prophets, through visions (1Sa 3:1).

people perish—(Compare Margin), are deprived of moral restraints.

keepeth the law—has, and observes, instruction (Pr 14:11, 34; Ps 19:11).

19. A servant—who lacks good principle.

corrected—or discovered.

will not answer—that is, will not obey.

20. (Compare Pr 21:5).

hasty in … words?—implying self-conceit (Pr 26:12).

21. become his son—assume the place and privileges of one.

22. (Compare Pr 15:18). Such are delighted by discord and violence.

23. (Compare Pr 16:18; 18:12).

honour … spirit—or, "such shall lay hold on honor" (Pr 11:16).

24. hateth … soul—(Compare Pr 8:36).

heareth cursing—(Le 5:1), risks the punishment, rather than reveal truth.

25. The fear … snare—involves men in difficulty (compare Pr 29:6).

shall be safe—(Compare Margin; Pr 18:10).

26. (Compare Margin; Ps 27:8). God alone will and can do exact justice.

27. (Compare Pr 3:32). On last clause, compare Pr 29:16; Ps 37:12.