Proverbs 29: Wise Sayings

Why are some people so stubborn?

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Proverbs 29:1 If stubborn people resist correction, they are headed for unrecoverable disaster.
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Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

In what ways does the thriving of the righteous differ from the thriving of the wicked?

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Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous thrive, people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people mourn.
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Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

What is lost by “chasing after women”?

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Proverbs 29:3 Sons who make wise choices delight their parents, or they can lose everything by chasing after women.
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Proverbs 29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

In what ways is leadership affected by accepting bribes?

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Proverbs 29:4 With sound judgment, a leader provides stability, but taking bribes can tear it all down.
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Proverbs 29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

How does flattery hinder people’s walk with the Lord?

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Proverbs 29:5 Flattery spreads a net to ensnare people’s walk with the Lord.
Romans 12:16 Recognize where people are and why they think as they do. Find a way to appreciate their points of view so you can find common ground to communicate. You want to be perceived as a helper, but not as if you think you’re better than they are.
King James
Proverbs 29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

What keeps righteous people from falling into temptation?

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Proverbs 29:6 Evil people fall into temptation, but the righteous sing and shout in victory.
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Proverbs 29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Why do righteous people care about the needs of the poor? What do the wicked care about?

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Proverbs 29:7 Righteous people care about the needs of the poor, but the wicked do not.
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Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

How do rabble rousers put a city into turmoil?

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Proverbs 29:8 Rabble rousers can put a city into turmoil, but the wise will calm people’s anger.
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Proverbs 29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

When should a person be taken to court? When is that a bad idea??

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Proverbs 29:9 A wise person taking a fool to court will get ranting and ridicule with no peace.
1 Corinthians 6:4–5 Why would you go outside the church to settle a dispute, seeking judgment from those you least respect? You should be ashamed, for you must certainly know people in your fellowship who are wise enough to settle an issue.
King James
Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
1 Corinthians 6:4–5 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

How can murderers care so little that they would take a life?

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Proverbs 29:10 Murderers don’t care for the innocent, but the righteous want to save innocent lives.
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Proverbs 29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

What are the liabilities of unconstrained anger?

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Proverbs 29:11 Fools don’t constrain their anger, but the righteous hold back, careful with their words.
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Proverbs 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Why would leaders who listen to lies have corrupt delegates?

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Proverbs 29:12 Leaders who listen to lies will have corrupt delegates.
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Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

If we all have ability to see, why do some people fail to see?

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Proverbs 29:13 The oppressor and the oppressed have one thing in common: God gave both of them the ability to see.
Matthew 13:13 I teach with stories because some people with open eyes choose to see nothing. They hear with their ears but do not want to understand.
John 9:41 If you were blind,” Jesus said, “you would be blameless. But because you say you can see, you remain blind.
King James
Proverbs 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

How can people’s needs be “correctly” judged?

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Proverbs 29:14 Leaders who correctly judge the needs of others will hold their position forever.
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Proverbs 29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

How can wisdom be contained in a spanking? When might a spanking have a different result?

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Proverbs 29:15 Undisciplined children embarrass their parents, but correction and spankings impart wisdom.
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Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

When will the righteous see the wicked fall?

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Proverbs 29:16 Wrongdoing thrives where the wicked rule, but the righteous will see them fall.
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Proverbs 29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

Will instructed and disciplined children always bring their parents peace and happiness? Why??

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Proverbs 29:17 Instruct and discipline your children, and they will bring you peace and happiness.
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Proverbs 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

To what extent can we be successful without God’s direction? Why?

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Proverbs 29:18 Without vision, people perish, but only by following God’s direction can we guarantee success.
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Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Why might servants sometimes need discipline for obedience?

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Proverbs 29:19 Words will make a servant understand, but discipline may be needed for obedience.
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Proverbs 29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Can speaking without thinking ever be good? Why?

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Proverbs 29:20 There is more hope for a fool than someone who speaks without thinking.
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Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

When does a servant become like a son or daughter? How might that compare with our relationship with God?

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Proverbs 29:21 Parental care for young servants may yield adults who are like sons and daughters.
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Proverbs 29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

Are short tempers and expressions of anger always harmful? Why?

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Proverbs 29:22 Angry people stir up strife, and those with short tempers abound in wrongdoing.
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Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

What will cause the prideful to be brought low and the humble to be lifted up?

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Proverbs 29:23 The prideful will be brought low, but the humble will be lifted up.
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Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

What are the dangers of partnering with a thief?

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Proverbs 29:24 Helping a thief shows hatred for your own life. Sworn to tell the truth, you dare not testify on his behalf.
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Proverbs 29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

Why do people worry about what others think? Why shouldn’t we be concerned about what others do?

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Proverbs 29:25 Fear of what others might think or do is a bad trap to fall into. Trust the Lord instead, and you will be okay.
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Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

What is the difference between favoritism, fairness, and justice?

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Proverbs 29:26 Many seek favoritism from their superiors, but justice comes from the Lord.
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Proverbs 29:26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.

In what areas do the righteous and unrighteous disagree? Why do they despise one another?

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Proverbs 29:27 The righteous and unrighteous despise one another.
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Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.