The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.
Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end.
If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked.
The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will be established forever.
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
they will bring you the delights you desire.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.