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Proverbs 29:8 & meaning...


stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:8


Proverbs 29 [5.] A man who flatters his neighbor

    spreads a net for his feet.

An evil man is snared by his sin,

    but the righteous can sing and be glad.

The righteous care about justice for the poor.

    The wicked aren’t concerned about knowledge.

Mockers stir up a city,

    but wise men turn away anger.

If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man,

    the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.


  • Mockers and Dishonesty: 

The term "mockers" refers to individuals who engage in deceitful and divisive behavior, often through spreading false information or stirring up controversy. In the context of leadership, mockers may include those who abuse their power for personal gain, manipulate others through deceitful tactics, or sow discord within the community.

  • Stirring Up Conflict: 

The actions of mockers have a detrimental effect on the community, stirring up anger, division, and strife. Their dishonesty and lack of integrity erode trust and undermine the fabric of society, leading to increased tensions and conflicts among individuals and groups.

  • Wise Leadership: 

In contrast, wise leaders seek to promote peace, harmony, and justice within the community. They recognize the importance of honesty, integrity, and transparency in their interactions with others. Rather than exacerbating conflict, wise leaders strive to resolve disputes, build consensus, and foster unity among diverse perspectives.

  • Turning Away Anger: 

The actions of wise individuals have a calming effect on the community, turning away anger and promoting reconciliation. Through their wisdom and discernment, they are able to defuse volatile situations, address grievances, and work towards constructive solutions that benefit all members of society.

Societal Implications: 

Proverbs 29:8 carries significant implications for society as a whole. It underscores the importance of ethical leadership and integrity in governance, business, and community organizations. When leaders prioritize honesty, accountability, and justice, they contribute to the stability, prosperity, and well-being of the entire community.

On a personal level, Proverbs 29:8 challenges us to examine our own attitudes and behaviors towards honesty and integrity. Are we known as peacemakers and truth-tellers, or do our actions contribute to conflict and division? As individuals, we have the power to influence the tone and culture of our communities through our words and actions.


Proverbs 16:28: "A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends."

Proverbs 15:1: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

In conclusion, Proverbs 29:8 serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of integrity, wisdom, and ethical leadership in promoting peace and harmony within society. It calls us to strive for honesty, transparency, and fairness in our interactions with others, both as leaders and as members of the community. As we seek to follow the example of wise leadership, may we contribute to the building of a more just, compassionate, and harmonious society.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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