Proverbs 29
On anger, children, authority, prophecy and more
.1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
 2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
.3  Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
 4  The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
 5  A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
  1 - Hardeneth See on de0906.
  3 - Rejoiceth his father ex2012.
  5 - Flattereth It is wise to be cautious and to base our decisions on what would be best for the glory of God.  See pr2628, pr2823.
 6  In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
 7  The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 8  Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
 9  If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
 10  The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
  6 - Evil man ... snare Choosing the way of evil is to withdraw from the protection of God.
   7 - Cause of the poor How true this is. We see it especially for selfish political leaders.
  8 - Bring a city into a snare Better "Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath." (RSV)
  10 - The Hebrew text is unclear.
 11  A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
 12  If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
 13  The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
 14  The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
  11 - All his mind ... afterwards The wise person does not respond in the heat of argument but waits for a calm moment to speak.
  13 - Lighteneth both The Lord gives life or wisdom to both. He helps the poor to avoid a bad transaction while He helps the rich person to see his selfishness.
  14 - Judgeth In harmony with the interpretation of the previous verse.
 15  The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
 16  When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
.17  Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
  15 - Rod and reproof Both are in contrast to "left to himself." They need to be used with love. Compare pr1013, pr1324, pr2313.
  16 - See their fall Although not in all cases except at the end of the thousand years. See ez3311, re2015.
.18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
 19  A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
 20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
 21  He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
 22  An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
  18 - No vision God speaks when people listen. There were no prophets during the darkness from the time of Malachi to Matthew.
  18 - Perish Better translated, "are unrestrained."
  Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. (RSV)
  19 - Servant From 'ebed, Or "slave." It may take more than words to get a stubborn slave to respond with action. 
 23  A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
 24  Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
.25  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
 26  Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh 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.
  23 - Honor shall uphold ... Better translated "such shall lay hold on honor."
  24 - Various interpretations are possible.
  25 - Fear of man ... trust in the Lord We need to stand on principle in spite of what may happen to him.
  25 - Safe Or "set on high." See pr1810; is5112, mt1028, mr0838.
  26 - Judgment ... from the Lord ec1214, ac1731, 2ti0408.
  27 - Abomination to In fulfillment of a promise ge0315.
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