December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The man who remains stiff-necked and hates rebuke will be crushed suddenly beyond cure.
- When the just prevail, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
- He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but he who consorts with harlots squanders his wealth.
- By justice a king gives stability to the land; but he who imposes heavy taxes ruins it.
- The man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net under his feet.
- The wicked man steps into a snare, but the just man runs on joyfully.
- The just man has a care for the rights of the poor; the wicked man has no such concern.
- Arrogant men set the city ablaze, but wise men calm the fury.
- If a wise man disputes with a fool, he may rage or laugh but can have no peace.
- Bloodthirsty men hate the honest man, but the upright show concern for his life.
- The fool gives vent to all his anger; but by biding his time, the wise man calms it.
- If a ruler listens to lying words, his servants all become wicked.
- 1 The poor and the oppressor have a common bond: the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
- If a king is zealous for the rights of the poor, his throne stands firm forever.
- The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a boy left to his whims disgraces his mother.
- When the wicked prevail, crime increases; but their downfall the just will behold.
- Correct your son, and he will bring you comfort, and give delight to your soul.
- Without prophecy the people become demoralized; but happy is he who keeps the law.
- By words no servant can be trained; for he understands what is said, but obeys not.
- Do you see a man hasty in his words? More can be hoped for from a fool!
- If a man pampers his servant from childhood, he will turn out to be stubborn.
- An ill-tempered man stirs up disputes, and a hotheaded man is the cause of many sins.
- Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor.
- 2 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy: he hears himself put under a curse, yet discloses nothing.
- The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe.
- Many curry favor with the ruler, but the rights of each are from the LORD.
- The evildoer is an abomination to the just, and he who walks uprightly is an abomination to the wicked.
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1  God gives life to all classes of people; cf Proverb 22:2.
2  Is his own enemy: because he not only incurs guilt as an accomplice but, by his silence, brings down on himself the curse invoked on the unknown guilty partner.
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