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29 Revised Standard Version BHS Hebrew Text Reference
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
אִישׁ תֹּוכָחֹות מַקְשֶׁה־עֹרֶף פֶּתַע יִשָּׁבֵר וְאֵין מַרְפֵּא׃  
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
בִּרְבֹות צַדִּיקִים יִשְׂמַח הָעָם וּבִמְשֹׁל רָשָׁע יֵאָנַח עָם׃  
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but one who keeps company with harlots squanders his substance.
אִישׁ־אֹהֵב חָכְמָה יְשַׂמַּח אָבִיו וְרֹעֶה זֹונֹות יְאַבֶּד־הֹון׃  
By justice a king gives stability to the land,
but one who exacts gifts ruins it.
מֶלֶךְ בְּמִשְׁפָּט יַעֲמִיד אָרֶץ וְאִישׁ תְּרוּמֹות יֶהֶרְסֶנָּה׃  
A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.
גֶּבֶר מַחֲלִיק עַל־רֵעֵהוּ רֶשֶׁת פֹּורֵשׂ עַל־פְּעָמָיו׃  
An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
בְּפֶשַׁע אִישׁ רָע מֹוקֵשׁ וְצַדִּיק יָרוּן וְשָׂמֵחַ׃  
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
יֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק דִּין דַּלִּים רָשָׁע לֹא־יָבִין דָּעַת׃  
Scoffers set a city aflame,
but wise men turn away wrath.
אַנְשֵׁי לָצֹון יָפִיחוּ קִרְיָה וַחֲכָמִים יָשִׁיבוּ אָף׃  
If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
אִישׁ־חָכָם נִשְׁפָּט אֶת־אִישׁ אֱוִיל וְרָגַז וְשָׂחַק וְאֵין נָחַת׃  
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless,
and the wicked seek his life.
אַנְשֵׁי דָמִים יִשְׂנְאוּ־תָם וִישָׁרִים יְבַקְשׁוּ נַפְשֹׁו׃  
A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.
כָּל־רוּחֹו יֹוצִיא כְסִיל וְחָכָם בְּאָחֹור יְשַׁבְּחֶנָּה׃  
If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
מֹשֵׁל מַקְשִׁיב עַל־דְּבַר־שָׁקֶר כָּל־מְשָׁרְתָיו רְשָׁעִים׃  
The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
רָשׁ וְאִישׁ תְּכָכִים נִפְגָּשׁוּ מֵאִיר־עֵינֵי שְׁנֵיהֶם יְהוָה׃  
If a king judges the poor with equity
his throne will be established for ever.
מֶלֶךְ שֹׁופֵט בֶּאֱמֶת דַּלִּים כִּסְאֹו לָעַד יִכֹּון׃  
The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
שֵׁבֶט וְתֹוכַחַת יִתֵּן חָכְמָה וְנַעַר מְשֻׁלָּח מֵבִישׁ אִמֹּו׃  
When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases;
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
בִּרְבֹות רְשָׁעִים יִרְבֶּה־פָּשַׁע וְצַדִּיקִים בְּמַפַּלְתָּם יִרְאוּ׃  
Discipline your son,
and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
יַסֵּר בִּנְךָ וִינִיחֶךָ וְיִתֵּן מַעֲדַנִּים לְנַפְשֶׁךָ׃ ף  
Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.
בְּאֵין חָזֹון יִפָּרַע עָם וְשֹׁמֵר תֹּורָה אַשְׁרֵהוּ׃  
By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not give heed.
בִּדְבָרִים לֹא־יִוָּסֶר עָבֶד כִּי־יָבִין וְאֵין מַעֲנֶה׃  
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
חָזִיתָ אִישׁ אָץ בִּדְבָרָיו תִּקְוָה לִכְסִיל מִמֶּנּוּ׃  
He who pampers his servant from childhood,
will in the end find him his heir.
מְפַנֵּק מִנֹּעַר עַבְדֹּו וְאַחֲרִיתֹו יִהְיֶה מָנֹון׃  
A man of wrath stirs up strife,
and a man given to anger causes much transgression.
אִישׁ־אַף יְגָרֶה מָדֹון וּבַעַל חֵמָה רַב־פָּשַׁע׃  
A man's pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
גַּאֲוַת אָדָם תַּשְׁפִּילֶנּוּ וּשְׁפַל־רוּחַ יִתְמֹךְ כָּבֹוד׃  
The partner of a thief hates his own life;
he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
חֹולֵק עִם־גַּנָּב שֹׂונֵא נַפְשֹׁו אָלָה יִשְׁמַע וְלֹא יַגִּיד׃  
The fear of man lays a snare,
but he who trusts in the LORD is safe.
חֶרְדַּת אָדָם יִתֵּן מֹוקֵשׁ וּבֹוטֵחַ בַּיהוָה יְשֻׂגָּב׃  
Many seek the favor of a ruler,
but from the LORD a man gets justice.
רַבִּים מְבַקְשִׁים פְּנֵי־מֹושֵׁל וּמֵיְהוָה מִשְׁפַּט־אִישׁ׃  
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
תֹּועֲבַת צַדִּיקִים אִישׁ עָוֶל וְתֹועֲבַת רָשָׁע יְשַׁר־דָּרֶךְ׃ ף  
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Notes: Documentary sources have been extracted from (1) "An Introduction to the Old Testament " by Oesterley & Robinson (1955 ed.), & (2) "Who Wrote the Bible" © Richard Friedman, 1987, Jonathan Cape Ltd.
© Paul Ingram 2006.