Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
By justice a king gives a country stability,
but those who are greedy for29:4 Or who give bribes tear it down.
Those who flatter their neighbors
are spreading nets for their feet.
Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
Mockers stir up a city,
but the wise turn away anger.
If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.