New English Translation
1 The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.
2 When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but whoever associates with prostitutes wastes his wealth.
4 A king brings stability to a land by justice, but one who exacts tribute tears it down.
5 The one who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.
6 In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare, but a righteous person can sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous person cares for the legal rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
8 Scornful people inflame a city, but those who are wise turn away wrath.
9 If a wise person goes to court with a foolish person, there is no peace whether he is angry or laughs.
10 Bloodthirsty people hate someone with integrity; as for the upright, they seek his life.
11 A fool lets fly with all his temper, but a wise person keeps it back.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his ministers will be wicked.
13 The poor person and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gives light to the eyes of them both.
14 If a king judges the poor in truth, his throne will be established forever.
15 A rod and reproof impart wisdom, but a child who is unrestrained brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.
18 When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he!
19 A servant cannot be corrected by words, for although he understands, there is no answer.
20 Do you see someone who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 If someone pampers his servant from youth, he will be a weakling in the end.
22 An angry person stirs up dissension, and a wrathful person is abounding in transgression.
23 A person's pride will bring him low, but one who has a lowly spirit will gain honor.
24 Whoever shares with a thief is his own enemy; he hears the oath to testify, but does not talk.
25 The fear of people becomes a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be set on high.
26 Many people seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one receives justice.
27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous, and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked.
King James Version
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.