Proverbs 28

28:1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing,1

but the righteous person is as confident2 as a lion.

28:2 When a country is rebellious3 it has many princes,4

but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable5 order is maintained.6

28:3 A poor person7 who oppresses the weak

is like8 a driving rain without food.9

28:4 Those who forsake the law10 praise the wicked,11

but those who keep the law contend12 with them.

28:5 Evil people13 do not understand justice,14

but those who seek the Lord15 understand it all.

28:6 A poor person16 who walks in his integrity is better

than one who is perverse in his ways17 even though18 he is rich.19

28:7 The one who keeps the law20 is a discerning child,21

but a companion of gluttons brings shame22 to his parents.23

28:8 The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest24

gathers it for someone who is gracious25 to the needy.

28:9 The one who turns away his ear26 from hearing the law,

even his prayer27 is an abomination.28

28:10 The one who leads the upright astray in an evil way

will himself fall into his own pit,29

but the blameless will inherit what is good.30

28:11 A rich person31 is wise in his own eyes,32

but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.33

28:12 When the righteous rejoice,34 great is the glory,35

but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out.36

28:13 The one who covers37 his transgressions will not prosper,38

but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.39

28:14 Blessed is the one who is always cautious,40

but whoever hardens his heart41 will fall into evil.

28:15 Like42 a roaring lion or a roving bear,43

so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.44

28:16 The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom,45

but the one who hates46 unjust gain will prolong his days.

28:17 The one who is tormented47 by the murder48 of another will flee to the pit;49

let no one support him.

28:18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered,50

but whoever is perverse in his ways will fall51 at once.52

28:19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food,53

but whoever chases daydreams54 will have his fill55 of poverty.

28:20 A faithful person56 will have an abundance of blessings,

but the one who hastens57 to gain riches will not go unpunished.

28:21 To show partiality58 is terrible,59

for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread.60

28:22 The stingy person61 hastens after riches

and does not know that poverty will overtake him.62

28:23 The one who reproves63 another64 will in the end65 find more favor

than the one who flatters66 with the tongue.

28:24 The one who robs67 his father and mother and says, “There is no transgression,”

is a companion68 to the one69 who destroys.

28:25 The greedy person70 stirs up dissension,71

but the one who trusts72 in the Lord will prosper.73

28:26 The one who trusts in his own heart74 is a fool,

but the one who walks in wisdom75 will escape.76

28:27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack,77

but whoever shuts his eyes to them78 will receive79 many curses.80

28:28 When the wicked gain control,81 people82 hide themselves,83

but when they perish,84 the righteous increase.

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