Proverbs 28
New American Standard Bible 1995Christian Standard Bible
1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.2When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.
3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.3A destitute leader who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.4Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law pit themselves against them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.5The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.6Better the poor person who lives with integrity than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.
7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.7A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.8Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.9Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law--even his prayer is detestable.
10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.10The one who leads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.11A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a poor one who has discernment sees through him.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.12When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide.
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.13The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.
14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.14Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.15A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.
16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.16A leader who lacks understanding is very oppressive, but one who hates dishonest profit prolongs his life.
17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.17Someone burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him.
18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.18The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong will suddenly fall.
19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.19The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.20A faithful person will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.21It is not good to show partiality--yet even a courageous person may sin for a piece of bread.
22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.22A greedy one is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn't know that poverty will come to him.
23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.23One who rebukes a person will later find more favor than one who flatters with his tongue.
24He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.24The one who robs his father or mother and says, "That's no sin," is a companion to a person who destroys.
25An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.25A greedy person stirs up conflict, but whoever trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.26The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.
27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.27The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away will receive many curses.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.28When the wicked come to power, people hide, but when they are destroyed, the righteous flourish.
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