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29 He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck

Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy

2When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice;

But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.

3Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father;

But he that keepeth company with harlots wasteth his substance.

4The king by justice establisheth the land;

But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

5A man that flattereth his neighbor

Spreadeth a net for his steps.

6In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare;

But the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

7The righteous taketh knowledge of the cause of the poor;

The wicked hath not understanding to know it.

8Scoffers set a city in a flame;

But wise men turn away wrath.

9If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man,

Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

10The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect;

And as for the upright, they seek his life.

11A fool uttereth all his anger;

But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it.

12If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood,

All his servants are wicked.

13The poor man and the oppressor meet together;

Jehovah lighteneth the eyes of them both.

14The king that faithfully judgeth the poor,

His throne shall be established for ever.

15The rod and reproof give wisdom;

But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.

16When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth;

But the righteous shall look upon their fall.

17Correct thy son, and he will give thee rest;

Yea, he will give delight unto thy soul.

18Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint;

But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

19A servant will not be corrected by words;

For though he understand, he will not give heed.

20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words?

There is more hope of a fool than of him.

21He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child

Shall have him become a son at the last.

22An angry man stirreth up strife,

And a wrathful man aboundeth in transgression.

23A man’s pride shall bring him low;

But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.

24Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul;

He heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.

25The fear of man bringeth a snare;

But whoso putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be safe.

26Many seek the ruler’s favor;

But a man’s judgment cometh from Jehovah.

27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous;

And he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.


About American Standard Version

The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.

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