Proverbs 29:9–16 (NKJV)

9 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 well-being.

11 A fool vents all his feelings,
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.

Wise people find no peace when they contend with a fool.  Righteous people are hated by the wicked, but the holy  seek to bless the righteous.  A fool does not bridle his tongue, but the wise holds his tongue.  If a ruler listens to lies, his kingdom suffers.  God shines the sun on both the poor and the oppressor.  A king who is fair to the poor will be established forever.  A child who is disciplined will receive wisdom, but a child left without discipline will bring shame to his family.  When wickedness increases, so does trangression, but those who remain righteous will see the evil fall.

This passage includes many comparisons between the plight of the evil and the righteous, the wise and the fool.  This is a common practice with the writer of Proverbs.  There is a definite distinction between the end result of a lifestyle of holiness and wisdom, and a lifestyle of wickedness and foolishness.  Live holy and be wise, for it is the path to prosperity and blessing!

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