A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
By justice a king gives a country stability,
but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
Whoever flatters his neighbor
is spreading a net for his feet.
An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
Mockers stir up a city,
but wise men turn away anger.
If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.
A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will always be secure.
The rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.17:21,25
When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.
Discipline your son, and he will give you peace;
he will bring delight to your soul.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law.
A servant cannot be corrected by mere words;
though he understands, he will not respond.
Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
If a man pampers his servant from youth,
he will bring grief in the end.
An angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
A man's pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy;
he is put under oath and dare not testify.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that man gets justice.
The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.