The bloodthirsty hate the blameless [because of his integrity],
But the upright are concerned for his life.
A [shortsighted] fool always loses his temper and displays his anger,
But a wise man [uses self-control and] holds it back.
If a ruler pays attention to lies [and encourages corruption],
All his officials will become wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king faithfully and truthfully judges the poor,
His throne shall be established forever.
The rod and reproof (godly instruction) give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.
When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,
But the righteous will see the downfall of the wicked.
Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
Yes, he will delight your soul.
Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained;
But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].