The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 29:1–27

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He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be broken, and that without remedy.

A reprover is better than a stiff-necked man: for when the latter is suddenly set on fire, there shall be no remedy.

The man who, with a stiff neck, treats the one who corrects him with contempt will be suddenly overwhelmed to his own destruction, and reason shall not follow him.

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When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people sigh.

When just men are multiplied, the common people shall rejoice. When the impious take up the leadership, the people shall mourn.

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Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father; but he that keepeth company with harlots wasteth his substance.

When a man loves wisdom, his father rejoices: but he that keeps harlots will waste wealth.

The man who loves wisdom rejoices his father. But whoever nurtures promiscuous women will lose his substance.

The king by justice establisheth the land; but he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

A righteous king establishes a country: but a transgressor destroys it.

A just king guides the land. A man of avarice will destroy it.

A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his steps.

He that prepares a net in the way of his own friend, entangles his own feet in it.

A man who speaks to his friend with flattering and feigned words spreads a net for his own feet.

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In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare; but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

A great snare is spread for a sinner: but the righteous shall be in joy and gladness.

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The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor; the wicked understandeth not knowledge.

A righteous man knows how to judge for the poor: but the ungodly understands not knowledge; and the poor man has not an understanding mind.

The just knows the case of the poor. The impious is ignorant of knowledge.

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Scornful men set a city in a blaze; but wise men turn away wrath.

Lawless men burn down a city: but wise men turn away wrath.

Pestilent men squander a city. Yet truly, the wise avert fury.

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If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

A wise man shall judge nations: but a worthless man being angry laughs and fears not.

A wise man, if he were to contend with the foolish, whether in anger or in laughter, would find no rest.

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10  The men of blood hate him that is sincere; and as for the upright, they seek his life.

10  Bloody men hate a holy person, but the upright will seek his soul.

10  Bloodthirsty men hate the simple one; but the just seek out his soul.

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11  A fool spendeth all his spirit; but a wise man stilleth it within him.

11  A fool utters all is mind: but the wise reserves his in part.

11  A foolish one offers everything on his mind. A wise one reserves and defers until later.

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12  If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, all his servants are wicked.

12  When a king hearkens to unjust language, all his subjects are transgressors.

12  A leader who freely listens to lying words has only impious servants.

13  The poor man and the oppressor meet together; YHWH giveth light to the eyes of them both.

13  When the creditor and debtor meet together, the Lord oversees them both.

13  The pauper and the creditor have met one another. The Lord is the illuminator of them both.

14  The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

14  When a king judges the poor in truth, his throne shall be established for a testimony.

14  The king who judges the poor in truth, his throne shall be secured in eternity.

15  The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.

15  Stripes and reproofs give wisdom: but an erring child disgraces his parents.

15  The rod and its correction distribute wisdom. But the child who is left to his own will brings shame to his mother.

16  When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth; but the righteous shall gaze upon their fall.

16  When the ungodly abound, sins abound: but when they fall, the righteous are warned.

16  When the impious are multiplied, crimes will be multiplied. But the just shall see their ruin.

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17  Correct thy son, and he will give thee rest; yea, he will give delight unto thy soul.

17  Chasten thy son, and he shall give thee rest; and he shall give honour to thy soul.

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18  Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

18  There shall be no interpreter to a sinful nation: but he that observes the law is blessed.

18  When prophecy fails, the people will be scattered. Yet truly, whoever guards the law is blessed.

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19  A servant will not be corrected by words; for though he understand, there will be no response.

19  A stubborn servant will not be reproved by words: for even if he understands, still he will not obey.

19  A servant cannot be taught by words, because he understands what you say, but he disdains to respond.

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20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope for a fool than for him.

20  If thou see a man hasty in his words, know that the fool has hope rather than he.

20  Have you seen a man rushing to speak? Foolishness has more hope than his correction.

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21  He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become master at the last.

21  Whoever nurtures his servant delicately from childhood, afterwards will find him defiant.

21  He who is given to pleasures from his youth will be a servant, and in the end will groan.

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22  An angry man stirreth up strife, and a wrathful man aboundeth in transgression.

22  A furious man stirs up strife, and a passionate man digs up sin.

22  A short-tempered man provokes quarrels. And whoever is easily angered is more likely to sin.

23  A man's pride shall bring him low; but he that is of a lowly spirit shall attain to honour.

23  Pride brings a man low, but the Lord upholds the humble-minded with honour.

23  Humiliation follows the arrogant. And glory shall uphold the humble in spirit.

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24  Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.

24  He who is a partner with a thief hates his own soul; they put him under oaths, but he does not confess.

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25  The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in YHWH shall be set up on high.

25  they fearing and reverencing men unreasonably have been overthrown, but he that trusts in the Lord shall rejoice. Ungodliness causes a man to stumble: but he that trusts in his master shall be safe.

25  Whoever fears man will quickly fall. Whoever hopes in the Lord shall be lifted up.

26  Many seek the ruler's favour; but a man's judgment cometh from YHWH.

26  Many wait on the favour of rulers; but justice comes to a man from the Lord.

26  Many demand the face of the leader. But the judgment of each one proceeds from the Lord.

27  An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous; and he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

27  A righteous man is an abomination to an unrighteous man, and the direct way is an abomination to the sinner.

27  The just abhor an impious man. And the impious abhor those who are on the right way. By keeping the word, the son shall be free from perdition.