Proverbs Challenge – Chapter 29

Happy Is He Who Keeps the Law

29 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

When the righteous a]”>[a]are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.

The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.

A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.

By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.

The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.

If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
But the upright seek his b]”>[b]well-being.

11 A fool vents all his feelings,c]”>[c]
But a wise man holds them back.

12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 The king who judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.

15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no d]”>[d]revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

24 Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He e]”>[e]swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be f]”>[f]safe.

26 Many seek the ruler’s g]”>[g]favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 29:2 become great
  2. Proverbs 29:10 Lit. soul or life
  3. Proverbs 29:11 Lit. spirit
  4. Proverbs 29:18 prophetic vision
  5. Proverbs 29:24 Lit. hears the adjuration or oath
  6. Proverbs 29:25 secure, lit. set on high
  7. Proverbs 29:26 Lit. face

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  1. Prophetess Deborah Oreofe David

    Day 29: proverb 29:1-end
    Of you fail to adjust after been rebuked,you will end by falling into utter ruin and won’t be able to repair it. Old themes are repeated: wicked rulers are bad,wise children are good for their parents,visiting with prostitutes is bad and flattering neighbours us bad too.
    Kings who exact too much from the people can ruin their countries, and fools and scoffers are still verboten.
    If the wise try to bring the fools to the court of law,it leads to endless ridicule and ranting so avoid doing this if you can. The wise know how to hold back their anger. Rulers should not listen to falsehood,but should be fair to the poor. The poor and their oppressors have at least one thing in common: God has made them both live. If parents neglect their children and don’t discipline them,they will have grief. Not only law,but prophecy also helps people behave correctly. You can’t discipline servants through words alone,people are too thick. Also slaves,who have been coddled won’t come to a good end. People are hasty in speaking are worse off than fools and have less hope. Trust in God rather than fearing other people, God ultimately gives justice rather than king. The righteous and the wicked both seem like abomination in each other’s eyes.

  2. Imion Angela Ofure

    Lesson learnt
    • If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ.
    • The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked.
    • Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts.
    • The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people.
    • Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct.
    • Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety.
    • This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked.
    • The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God.
    • If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done.
    • Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the bloodthirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
    • A fool is someone who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel.
    • One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers.

  3. Odogun Oluwaseun Morrison

    Learn in chapter 29 that a fool has no discretion or self-control, and he is quick to lose his temper. A wise person can feel angry and yet not lash out at others. He can trust God to help him be peaceful, to walk away when necessary, and to speak gently and graciously even when provoked. He knows that God will avenge wrongs suffered. He is able to control himself and his words and responses because he wants to honor God and be a testimony of love rather than of a personal vendetta of hate.

  4. Imion immaculate osereme

    Sin (transgression), brings sorrow. Repeated sin becomes a habit, and bad habits destroy a man. The snare is the habit of sin we get into and then cannot shake; snared by our own actions and thoughts.
    The man free from sin is not caught in a snare. He is set free from the clutches of death and knows he has eternal life. This knowledge brings peace and joy unspeakable.
    The righteous man is not a respecter of persons, and he realizes the plight of the poor and helps them whenever he can.
    The wicked cares for no one but himself. Everything the wicked does has a selfish purpose behind it.
    Scornful men are never pleased with anyone or anything. These scornful create rebellion and riots and can cause a whole city to be blamed for it.
    These angry, arrogant men fan the flames of strife that trap a city as if engulfed in flames.
    Wise men are peacemakers.

  5. ADEOSUN OLUGBEMI OLAGOKE

    Proverbs 29
    Begins with taking heed to correction to avoid been destroyed without remedy.this palace consider as necessary to put a child,servant and everybody right in life.it talks about the righteous considering the cause of the poor and will do everything to ensure there wellness,also it talks about not getting angry, speaking softly,,having vision righteous judgement and many more.

  6. Odedairo Oladele Omotayo

    Proverb chapter 29 can be summarised verse by verse under the following headings:
    1. Stubbornness
    2. Righteous/wicked rulers
    3. Wisdom
    4. Righteous/wicked rulers
    5. Flattery
    6-7. The righteous/wicked
    8. Scoffers
    9. The fool
    10. The blameless
    11. The dullard
    12. Rulership
    13. Oppressing the poor
    14. Righteous rulership
    15. Reproof
    16. The righteous/wicked
    17. Discipline
    18. Instruction
    19. Discipline for a slave
    20. Quick speech
    21. A spoiled slave
    22. Anger
    23. Pride and humility
    24. Helping a thief
    25. Trusting in God
    26. Rulership
    27. The righteous/wicked.

    Further Summary of Proverb Chapter 29

    If you fail to adjust after being rebuked, you’ll end by falling into utter ruin and won’t be able to repair it.
    Old themes are repeated: wicked rulers are bad, wise children are good for their parents, visiting with prostitutes is bad, and flattering neighbours is pretty bad too.
    Kings who exact too much from the people can ruin their countries, and fools and scoffers are still verboten.
    If the wise try to bring fools to the court of law, it leads to endless ridicule and ranting—so avoid doing this if you can.
    The wise know how to hold back their anger.
    Rulers shouldn’t listen to falsehoods, but should be fair to the poor.
    The poor and their oppressors have at least one thing in common: God has made them both live.
    If parents neglect their children and don’t discipline them, they’ll have grief.
    Not only law, but prophecy also helps people behave correctly.
    You can’t discipline servants through words alone—people are too thick. Also, slaves who have been coddled won’t come to a good end.
    People who are hasty in speaking are worse off than fools and have less hope.
    Trust in God rather than fearing other people — God ultimately gives justice, rather than kings.
    The righteous and the wicked both seem like abominations in each other’s eyes

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