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When the Righteous Flourish, the People Rejoice, But When the Wicked Rule, People Groan!

Proverbs 29

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

29 One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly— beyond recovery.

2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.

4 By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man who demands “contributions”[a] demolishes it.

5 A man who flatters[b] his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.

7 The righteous person knows the rights[c] of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

8 Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.[d]

10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.[e]

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,[f] but a wise man holds it in check.

12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials will be wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:[g] the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 A king who judges the poor with fairness— his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself[h] is a disgrace to his mother.

16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.

18 Without revelation[i] people run wild, but one who listens to instruction will be happy.

19 A slave cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn’t respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogant[j] later on.

22 An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man[k] increases rebellion.

23 A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.

24 To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.[l]

25 The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.[m]

26 Many seek a ruler’s favor, but a man receives justice from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.


“Wisdom Flows From the Wise Like a Bubbling Brook”

Proverbs 18 New Living Tranlation (NLT)

18 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. 

2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

4 Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

5 It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.

7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;  they trap themselves with their lips.

8 Rumors are dainty morsels  that sink deep into one’s heart.

9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;  the godly run to him and are safe.

11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;  they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.

12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;  humility precedes honor.

13 Spouting off before listening to the facts  is both shameful and foolish.

14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?

15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

17 The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.

18 Flipping a coin[a] can end arguments;  it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.  Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;  the right words bring satisfaction.

21 The tongue can bring death or life;  those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,  and he receives favor from the Lord.

23 The poor plead for mercy;  the rich answer with insults.

24 There are “friends” who destroy each other,  but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.


A Wise Person is Hungry for Knowledge

Proverbs 15 NLT

15 A gentle answer deflects anger,  but harsh words make tempers flare.

2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,  but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

3 The Lord is watching everywhere,  keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

4 Gentle words are a tree of life;  a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5 Only a fool despises a parent’s[a] discipline;  whoever learns from correction is wise.

6 There is treasure in the house of the godly,  but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.

7 The lips of the wise give good advice;  the heart of a fool has none to give.

8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,  but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,  but he loves those who pursue godliness.

10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined;  whoever hates correction will die.

11 Even Death and Destruction[b] hold no secrets from the Lord.  How much more does he know the human heart!

12 Mockers hate to be corrected,  so they stay away from the wise.

13 A glad heart makes a happy face;  a broken heart crushes the spirit.

14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,  while the fool feeds on trash.

15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;  for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love  is better than steak with someone you hate.

18 A hot-tempered person starts fights;  a cool-tempered person stops them.

19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,  but the path of the upright is an open highway.

20 Sensible children bring joy to their father;  foolish children despise their mother.

21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;  a sensible person stays on the right path.

22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;  many advisers bring success.

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;  it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;  they leave the grave[c] behind.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,  but he protects the property of widows.

26 The Lord detests evil plans,  but he delights in pure words.

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,  but those who hate bribes will live.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;  the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked,  but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;  good news makes for good health.

31 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;  but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.


Godliness Makes A Nation Great; But Sin Is A Disgrace to Any People!

Proverbs 14

New Living Translation (NLT)

14 A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

2 Those who follow the right path fear the Lord; those who take the wrong path despise him.

3 A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,  but the words of the wise keep them safe.

4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,  but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

5 An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.

6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,  but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

7 Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

8 The prudent understand where they are going,  but fools deceive themselves.

9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish.

12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

14 Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward.

15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!  The prudent carefully consider their steps.

16 The wise are cautious[a] and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

17 Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.

18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,[b] but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.”

21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!

24 Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.

26 Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children.

27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;  it offers escape from the snares of death.

28 A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing.

29 People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;  jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.

32 The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die.

33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not[c] found among fools.

34 Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king rejoices in wise servants  but is angry with those who disgrace him


Wise Men Store Up Knowledge In Their Minds and Hearts!

 

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Proverbs 10  Amplified Bible

10 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.

2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death.

3 The Lord will not allow the [uncompromisingly] righteous to famish, but He thwarts the desire of the wicked.

4 He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

6 Blessings are upon the head of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

7 The memory of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked shall rot.

8 The wise in heart will accept and obey commandments, but the foolish of lips will fall headlong.

9 He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.

10 He who winks with the eye [craftily and with malice] causes sorrow; the foolish of lips will fall headlong but [a]he who boldly reproves makes peace.

11 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions.

13 On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly [b]Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.

14 Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

16 The earnings of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin.

17 He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.

18 He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a [self-confident] fool.

19 In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.

20 The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.

21 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.

22 The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].

23 It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

24 The thing a wicked man fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be granted.

25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who employ and send him.

27 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.

28 The hope of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with God) comes to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity.

30 The [consistently] righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth [eventually].

31 The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree].

32 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous know [and therefore utter] what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows [and therefore speaks only] what is obstinately willful and contrary.


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