Proverbs 29
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1  One oft reproved may become stiffnecked, But he will be suddenly broken beyond repair.

א  אִישׁ תּוֹכָחוֹת מַקְשֶׁה־עֹרֶף פֶּתַע יִשָּׁבֵר וְאֵין מַרְפֵּא׃

2  When the righteous become great the people rejoice, But when the wicked dominate the people groan.

ב  בִּרְבוֹת צַדִּיקִים יִשְׂמַח הָעָם וּבִמְשֹׁל רָשָׁע יֵאָנַח עָם׃

3  A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, But he who keeps company with harlots will lose his wealth.

ג  אִישׁ־אֹהֵב חָכְמָה יְשַׂמַּח אָבִיו וְרֹעֶה זוֹנוֹת יְאַבֶּד־הוֹן׃

4  By justice a king sustains the land, But a fraudulent man tears it down.

ד  מֶלֶךְ בְּמִשְׁפָּט יַעֲמִיד אָרֶץ וְאִישׁ תְּרוּמוֹת יֶהֶרְסֶנָּה׃

5  A man who flatters his fellow Spreads a net for his feet.

ה  גֶּבֶר מַחֲלִיק עַל־רֵעֵהוּ רֶשֶׁת פּוֹרֵשׂ עַל־פְּעָמָיו׃

6  An evil man’s offenses are a trap for himself, But the righteous sing out joyously.

ו  בְּפֶשַׁע אִישׁ רָע מוֹקֵשׁ וְצַדִּיק יָרוּן וְשָׂמֵחַ׃

7  A righteous man is concerned with the cause of the wretched; A wicked man cannot understand such concern.

ז  יֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק דִּין דַּלִּים רָשָׁע לֹא־יָבִין דָּעַת׃

8  Scoffers inflame a city, But the wise allay anger.

ח  אַנְשֵׁי לָצוֹן יָפִיחוּ קִרְיָה וַחֲכָמִים יָשִׁיבוּ אָף׃

9  When a wise man enters into litigation with a fool There is ranting and ridicule, but no satisfaction.

ט  אִישׁ־חָכָם נִשְׁפָּט אֶת־אִישׁ אֱוִיל וְרָגַז וְשָׂחַק וְאֵין נָחַת׃

10  Bloodthirsty men detest the blameless, But the upright seek them out.

י  אַנְשֵׁי דָמִים יִשְׂנְאוּ־תָם וִישָׁרִים יְבַקְשׁוּ נַפְשׁוֹ׃

11  A dullard vents all his rage, But a wise man calms it down.

יא  כָּל־רוּחוֹ יוֹצִיא כְסִיל וְחָכָם בְּאָחוֹר יְשַׁבְּחֶנָּה׃

12  A ruler who listens to lies, All his ministers will be wicked.

יב  מֹשֵׁל מַקְשִׁיב עַל־דְּבַר־שָׁקֶר כָּל־מְשָׁרְתָיו רְשָׁעִים׃

13  A poor man and a fraudulent man meet; Hashem gives luster to the eyes of both.

יג  רָשׁ וְאִישׁ תְּכָכִים נִפְגָּשׁוּ מֵאִיר־עֵינֵי שְׁנֵיהֶם יְהוָה׃

14  A king who judges the wretched honestly, His throne will be established forever.

יד  מֶלֶךְ שׁוֹפֵט בֶּאֱמֶת דַּלִּים כִּסְאוֹ לָעַד יִכּוֹן׃

15  Rod and reproof produce wisdom, But a lad out of control is a disgrace to his mother.

טו  שֵׁבֶט וְתוֹכַחַת יִתֵּן חָכְמָה וְנַעַר מְשֻׁלָּח מֵבִישׁ אִמּוֹ׃

16  When the wicked increase, offenses increase, But the righteous will see their downfall.

טז  בִּרְבוֹת רְשָׁעִים יִרְבֶּה־פָּשַׁע וְצַדִּיקִים בְּמַפַּלְתָּם יִרְאוּ׃

17  Discipline your son and he will give you peace; He will gratify you with dainties.

יז  יַסֵּר בִּנְךָ וִינִיחֶךָ וְיִתֵּן מַעֲדַנִּים לְנַפְשֶׁךָ׃

18  For lack of vision a people lose restraint, But happy is he who heeds instruction.

יח  בְּאֵין חָזוֹן יִפָּרַע עָם וְשֹׁמֵר תּוֹרָה אַשְׁרֵהוּ׃

19  A slave cannot be disciplined by words; Though he may comprehend, he does not respond.

יט  בִּדְבָרִים לֹא־יִוָּסֶר עָבֶד כִּי־יָבִין וְאֵין מַעֲנֶה׃

20  If you see a man hasty in speech, There is more hope for a fool than for him.

כ  חָזִיתָ אִישׁ אָץ בִּדְבָרָיו תִּקְוָה לִכְסִיל מִמֶּנּוּ׃

21  A slave pampered from youth Will come to a bad end.

כא  מְפַנֵּק מִנֹּעַר עַבְדּוֹ וְאַחֲרִיתוֹ יִהְיֶה מָנוֹן׃

22  An angry man provokes a quarrel; A hot-tempered man commits many offenses.

כב  אִישׁ־אַף יְגָרֶה מָדוֹן וּבַעַל חֵמָה רַב־פָּשַׁע׃

23  A man’s pride will humiliate him, But a humble man will obtain honor.

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כג  גַּאֲוַת אָדָם תַּשְׁפִּילֶנּוּ וּשְׁפַל־רוּחַ יִתְמֹךְ כָּבוֹד׃

29:23   But a humble man will obtain honor

Honor is a funny thing. One who seeks it out is unlikely to earn it from others, but one who rejects it is likely to earn his fellows’ respect. As the Sages of the Talmud teach (Eiruvin 13b), “One who chases after honor, honor eludes him; but one who runs away from honor, honor clings to him.”1 comment

24  He who shares with a thief is his own enemy; He hears the imprecation and does not tell.

כד  חוֹלֵק עִם־גַּנָּב שׂוֹנֵא נַפְשׁוֹ אָלָה יִשְׁמַע וְלֹא יַגִּיד׃

25  A man’s fears become a trap for him, But he who trusts in Hashem shall be safeguarded.

כה  חֶרְדַּת אָדָם יִתֵּן מוֹקֵשׁ וּבוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה יְשֻׂגָּב׃

26  Many seek audience with a ruler, But it is from Hashem that a man gets justice.

כו  רַבִּים מְבַקְשִׁים פְּנֵי־מוֹשֵׁל וּמֵיְהוָה מִשְׁפַּט־אִישׁ׃

27  The unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, And he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

 

כז  תּוֹעֲבַת צַדִּיקִים אִישׁ עָוֶל וְתוֹעֲבַת רָשָׁע יְשַׁר־דָּרֶךְ׃

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