z He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be a broken b beyond healing.
When c the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when d the wicked rule, the people groan.
He who e loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but f a companion of prostitutes g squanders his wealth.
By justice a king h builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
i A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads j a net for his feet.
An evil man is k ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man l sings and rejoices.
A righteous man m knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not n understand such knowledge.
o Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is p no quiet.
Bloodthirsty men q hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.
A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.
If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor r meet together;
the Lord s gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king t faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will u be established forever.
v The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself w brings shame to his mother.
When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but x the righteous will look upon their downfall.
y Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
Where z there is no prophetic vision the people a cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who b keeps the law.
By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
c There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir.
d A man of wrath stirs up strife,
and one given to anger causes much transgression.
e One's pride will bring him low,
f but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
The partner of a thief g hates his own life;
h he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
i The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Many j seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that a man k gets justice.
l An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
1 Samuel 2:25
If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.
Proverbs 1:24 - 27
Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded.
And its breaking is like that of a potter's vessel that is smashed so ruthlessly that among its fragments not a shard is found with which to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.
And shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury.
Therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.
The couriers went out hurriedly by order of the king, and the decree was issued in Susa the citadel. And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Proverbs 5:9 - 10
Lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless.
For the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!
If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.
2 Chronicles 9:8
Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for the Lord your God! Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, he has made you king over them, that you may execute justice and righteousness.
Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, "I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
And Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, "Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!
I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him.
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
But for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
1 John 3:12
We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.
Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not arise?
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
1 Samuel 3:1
Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
2 Chronicles 15:3
For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law.
We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
Amos 8:11 - 12
Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord God, "when I will send a famine on the land - not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.
And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies).
But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
2 Samuel 22:28
You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
But he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.
If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity.
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Genesis 12:12 - 13
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Abraham said, "I did it because I thought, Ther...
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John 12:42 - 43
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Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
But I said, "I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.
1 Corinthians 4:4 - 5
For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?