When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.
from Proverbs 29