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Proverbs 29

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1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 8. Corrupt. Heb. “scoffers,” who provoke both God and men.

Ver. 9. Rest; or bring him to hear reason. C. — Sept. “a wise man shall rule nations; but the wicked being angry, is laughed at, and does not frighten.”

Ver. 10. Soul. they wish to protect the upright. Ps. cxli. 5.

Ver. 13. Enlightener. Sept. “visitor,” with punishment, as they seem to speak of palliated usury, which cannot escape God. See C. xxii. 2.

Ver. 18. Prophecy, by the urim, or by the mouth of prophets, who were in great power and estimation. 3 K. i. 24. and xii. 23. and 2 Par. xxv. 6. and xxviii. 8. C. — Sept. “There shall be none to explain the law to the impious nation.” H. — When pastors are wanting, all goes to ruin. 1 Cor. xi. 4. Ven. Bede. C.

Ver. 20. Amendment. S. Jerom (as Evag.) says, after Thucydides: “Ignorance produces confidence, and learning fear.”

Ver. 24. Soul, and exposeth himself to death, though this was only inflicted for stealing a man. Ex. xxi. 16. The night-thief might also be killed in the fact. Ex. xxii. 2. But if the person who had stolen denied it on oath, he was put to death for perjury. Lev. v. 1.

Ver. 25. Fall. Human respects will not long preserve him from sin. C. — Sept. have a double version: “Those who fear and are ashamed of men, shall be thrown down. But he who confideth in the Lord, shall rejoice. Impiety overturneth man, while he who trusteth in the Lord shall be saved.” Grabe. H.