1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
1 After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.
1 He who hardens his neck and refuses instruction after being often reproved (corrected, criticized),Will suddenly be broken beyond repair.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
2 As the righteous grow powerful, people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, people groan.
2 When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice;But when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.
3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but anyone who consorts with immoral women squanders his wealth.
3 A man who loves [skillful and godly] wisdom makes his father joyful,But he who associates with prostitutes wastes his wealth.
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
4 A king brings stability to a land through justice, but a man who takes bribes brings it to ruin.
4 The king establishes (stabilizes) the land by justice,But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
5 A strong man who flatters his neighbor is setting a trap where he walks.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor [with smooth words intending to do harm]Is spreading a net for his own feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
6 An evil man is trapped by transgression, but the righteous person sings and rejoices.
6 By his wicked plan an evil man is trapped,But the righteous man sings and rejoices [for his plan brings good things to him].
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
7 The righteous person is concerned about the poor; but the wicked don't understand what they need to know.
8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
8 Scornful men enflame a city, but the wise defuse anger.
8 Scoffers set a city afire [by stirring up trouble],But wise men turn away anger [and restore order with their good judgment].
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
9 When a wise man has a dispute with a fool, the fool either rages or laughs without relief.
9 If a wise man has a controversy with a foolish and arrogant man,The foolish man [ignores logic and fairness and] only rages or laughs, and there is no peace (rest, agreement).
10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate the innocent person, but the upright show concern for his life.
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
11 The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.
11 A [shortsighted] fool always loses his temper and displays his anger,But a wise man [uses self-control and] holds it back.
12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
12 When a ruler is listening to lies, all of his officials tend to become wicked.
12 If a ruler pays attention to lies [and encourages corruption],All his officials will become wicked.
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gave them both eyes with which to see.
14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
14 When a king faithfully administers justice to the poor, his throne will be established forever.
14 If a king faithfully and truthfully judges the poor,His throne shall be established forever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
15 The rod and rebuke bestow wisdom, but an undisciplined child brings shame to his mother.
15 The rod and reproof (godly instruction) give wisdom,But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
16 As the wicked grow powerful, transgression increases, but the righteous will observe their downfall.
16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,But the righteous will see the downfall of the wicked.
17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
17 Correct your son and he will comfort you; he will also delight your soul.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;Yes, he will delight your soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
18 Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.
19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone;For though he understands, there will be no response.
19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
19 By mere words a servant will not be corrected; even though he understands, there will be no response.
19 A servant will not be corrected by words alone;For though he understands, he will not respond [nor pay attention].
20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
20 Do you see a man who speaks hastily? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who pampers his slave from childhoodWill in the end find him to be a son.
21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
21 If you pamper a servant from his childhood, later on he'll become ungrateful.
21 He who pampers his slave from childhoodWill find him to be a son in the end.
22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
22 An angry man stirs up arguments, and a hot-tempered man causes many transgressions.
22 An angry man stirs up strife,And a hot-tempered and undisciplined man commits many transgressions.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
23 A person's pride will bring about his downfall, but the humble in spirit will gain honor.
24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
24 A thief's accomplice hates himself; though testifying under oath, he reveals nothing.
24 Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own life;He hears the curse [when swearing an oath to testify], but discloses nothing [and commits perjury by omission].
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
25 Fearing any human being is a trap, but confiding in the LORD keeps anyone safe.
25 The fear of man brings a snare,But whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe.
26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
26 Many seek a ruler's favor, but justice for a man comes from the LORD.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,But justice for man comes 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.
27 The unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and whoever lives blamelessly is detestable to the wicked.
27 An unjust man is repulsive to the righteous,And he who is upright in the way [of the Lord] is repulsive to the wicked.
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