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8Scornful men set a city in a blaze;
But wise men turn away wrath.
9If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man,
Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.
10The men of blood hate him that is sincere;
And as for the upright, they seek his life.
11A fool spendeth all his spirit;
But a wise man stilleth it within him.
12If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood,
All his servants are wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
The Lord giveth light to the eyes of them both.
14The king that faithfully judgeth the poor,
His throne shall be established for ever.
15The rod and reproof give wisdom;
But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.
16When the wicked are increased, transgression increaseth;
But the righteous shall gaze upon their fall.
17Correct thy son, and he will give thee rest;
Yea, he will give delight unto thy soul.
18Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint;
But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
19A servant will not be corrected by words;
For though he understand, there will be no response.
20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child
Shall have him become master at the last.
22An angry man stirreth up strife,
And a wrathful man aboundeth in transgression.
23A man's pride shall bring him low;
But he that is of a lowly spirit shall attain to honour.
24Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul:
He heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.
25The fear of man bringeth a snare;
But whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be set up on high.
26Many seek the ruler's favour;
But a man's judgment cometh from the Lord.
27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous;
And he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh; the burden.

The man saith unto Ithiel, unto Ithiel and Ucal: