Proverbs

Proverbs 29 ©

Various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.

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HE, 1that abeing often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

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bWhen the righteous are 2in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

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cWhoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: dbut he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

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The eking by judgment establisheth the land: but 3he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

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A fman that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

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gIn the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: hbut the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

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The irighteous considereth the cause of the poor: but jthe wicked regardeth not to know it.

j ch. 28.27.
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kScornful men 4bring a city into a snare: lbut wise men turn away wrath.

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If ma wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

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nThe 5bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

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A ofool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

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pIf a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

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The qpoor and 6the deceitful man meet together: rthe LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

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

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The trod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

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uWhen the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: vbut the righteous shall see their fall.

u v.2. Ho. 4.1,2,7. ch. 23.28.
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wCorrect thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

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xWhere there is no vision, the people 7perish: but yhe that keepeth the law, happy is he.

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A zservant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

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aSeest thou a man that is hasty 8in his words? bthere is more hope of a fool than of him.

b ch. 26.12.
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He that cdelicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

c 1Sa. 3.7,8. ch. 30.23.
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An dangry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man abound-eth in transgression.

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A eman's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

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fWhoso is partner with a thief ghateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and *bewrayeth it not.

g ch. 8.36.
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The hfear of man bringeth a snare: ibut whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be 9safe.

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jMany seek 10the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.

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An kunjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.