“One who is often reproved,
Yet remains stubborn,
Will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
When the righteous are in authority,
The people rejoice.
But when the wicked rule,
The people groan.
A child who loves wisdom
Makes a parent glad.
But to keep company with prostitutes
Is to squander one’s substance.
A king gives stability to the land.
But one who makes heavy exactions
Ruins the land.”
If someone corrects you and you remain stubborn, you will be broken beyond repair. When the righteous are in control, the people are happy. When the wicked are in charge, the people groan. If a child loves wisdom, their parents are happy. If you keep company with prostitutes, you are squandering your life substances. When a king rules with justice, the land is stable. However, if a king tries to exact too much from the people, the land will be ruined.