Proverbs 29:1–8 (NKJV)
1 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
4 The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.
5 A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.
6 By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
8 Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.
Don’t reject correction: you need it. It is not punishment, but molding into a wise man. If you reject wisdom and correction, you will be destroyed. Righteous leadership leads to happiness in the land, but wicked leaders create distress and depression. Sons and daughters who love wisdom make their parents rejoice, but those who chase sexual sin go broke. Justice establishes a kingdom. Flattery often precedes a trap. Trangressions lead to a snare, but righteous living brings joy. Righteous people consider the poor, but the wicked do not care. When you speak negatively or gossip, you will set a city on fire. If you are wise, you will keep the peace.