GOD’S WORD Translation
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A person who will not bend after many warnings 

will suddenly be broken beyond repair. 

When righteous people increase, the people ⸤of God⸥ rejoice, 

but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans. 

A person who loves wisdom makes his father happy, 

but one who pays prostitutes wastes his wealth. 

By means of justice, a king builds up a country, 

but a person who confiscates religious contributions tears it down. 

A person who flatters his neighbor 

is spreading a net for him to step into. 

To an evil person sin is bait in a trap, 

but a righteous person runs away from it and is glad. 

A righteous person knows the just cause of the poor. 

A wicked person does not understand this. 

Mockers create an uproar in a city, 

but wise people turn away anger. 

When a wise person goes to court with a stubborn fool, 

he may rant and rave, 

but there is no peace and quiet. 

10  Bloodthirsty people hate an innocent person, 

but decent people seek ⸤to protect⸥ his life. 

11  A fool expresses all his emotions, 

but a wise person controls them. 

12  If a ruler pays attention to lies, 

all his servants become wicked. 

13  A poor person and an oppressor have this in common: 

The Lord gives both of them sight. 

14  When a king judges the poor with honesty, 

his throne will always be secure. 

15  A spanking and a warning produce wisdom, 

but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother. 

16  When wicked people increase, crime increases, 

but righteous people will witness their downfall. 

17  Correct your son, and he will give you peace of mind. 

He will bring delight to your soul. 

18  Without prophetic vision people run wild, 

but blessed are those who follow ⸤God’s⸥ teachings. 

19  A slave cannot be disciplined with words. 

He will not respond, though he may understand. 

20  Have you met a person who is quick to answer? 

There is more hope for a fool than for him. 

21  Pamper a slave from childhood, 

and later he will be ungrateful. 

22  An angry person stirs up a fight, 

and a hothead does much wrong. 

23  A person’s pride will humiliate him, 

but a humble spirit gains honor. 

24  Whoever is a thief’s partner hates his own life. 

He will not testify under oath. 

25  A person’s fear sets a trap ⸤for him⸥, 

but one who trusts the Lord is safe. 

26  Many seek an audience with a ruler, 

but justice for humanity comes from the Lord

27  An unjust person is disgusting to righteous people. 

A decent person is disgusting to wicked people. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Up to 500 verses from GOD’S WORD may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to more than 25% of the text of the work in which they are quoted.

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If used in a work that is for sale, the following copyright notice must be used:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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