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Proverbs chapter 29

New International Version

1 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
5 Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
21 A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.
25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice. 27 The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.
English Standard Version

1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. 2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. 3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 4 By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices. 7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. 8 Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright. 11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. 12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. 13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. 18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. 19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond. 20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir. 22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. 23 One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 24 The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. 25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. 26 Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
King James Version

1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
New American Standard Bible

1 A person often rebuked who becomes obstinate Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. 2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked person rules, people groan. 3 A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who involves himself with prostitutes wastes his wealth. 4 The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a person who takes bribes ruins it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps. 6 By wrongdoing an evil person is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 7 The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor; The wicked does not understand such concern. 8 Arrogant people inflame a city, But wise people turn away anger. 9 When a wise person has a controversy with a foolish person, The foolish person either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. 10 People of bloodshed hate the blameless person, But the upright are concerned for his life. 11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise person holds it back. 12 If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked. 13 The poor person and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. 15 The rod and a rebuke give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked increase, wrongdoing increases; But the righteous will see their downfall. 17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul. 18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is one who keeps the Law. 19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response. 20 Do you see a person who is hasty with his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 One who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be rebellious. 22 An angry person stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered person abounds in wrongdoing. 23 A person’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. 24 One who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing. 25 The fear of man brings a snare, But one who trusts in the LORD will be protected. 26 Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for mankind comes from the LORD. 27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous, And one who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
New Living Translation

1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5 To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
6 Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care at all.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.
11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common--the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.
21 A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel.
22 An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD.
27 The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly.
Christian Standard Bible

1 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 person who demands "contributions" demolishes it.
5 A person who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6 An evil person is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.
7 The righteous person knows the rights 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 person goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise person 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: 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 is a disgrace to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your child, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.
18 Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.
19 A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond.
20 Do you see someone who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 A servant pampered from his youth will become arrogant later on.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered one 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.
25 The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
26 Many desire a ruler's favor, but a person receives justice from the Lord. 27 An unjust person is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.

What does Proverbs chapter 29 mean?

Chapter 25 began with a note indicating that King Hezekiah's men collected proverbs associated with Solomon (Proverbs 25:1). This passage concludes that compilation.

This chapter begins with one of Scripture's most dire warnings: those who stubbornly refuse to be corrected will face sudden, inescapable harm. Other lessons contrast righteous and ungodly governments and the effect they have on their nations. Sin brings consequences; often the person who plans evil is harmed by their own scheme. Solomon also notes the chaotic danger of foolish thinking. He reiterates the need for discretion in who we argue with—and when (Proverbs 29:1–11).

Similar themes appear in the last verses of the passage. Solomon warns about the need for godly wisdom and the dangers of letting wickedness take over a culture. As God is the ultimate source of all truth and goodness, He is the only reliable source of justice. The divide between those who honor God and those who seek their own sin is drastic: both sides are thoroughly repulsed by how the other lives (Proverbs 29:12–27).

The last two chapters of the book of Proverbs include wisdom associated with a man named Agur, a king named Lemuel, and a famous description of a godly woman.