1A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
3A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
4The king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
5A man who flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.
6By transgression an evil man is ensnared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
7The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such concern.
8Scorners set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away anger.
9When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
10Men of bloodshed hate the blameless,
But the upright are concerned for his life.
11A fool always loses his temper,
But a wise man holds it back.
12If a ruler pays attention to falsehood,
All his ministers become wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.
1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Action: What should the righteous be concerned about?