Proverbs 28
New American Standard Bible 1995International Standard Version
1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.1The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like 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 transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.
3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.3A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.4Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.5Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.6It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.
7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.7Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to his father.
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.8Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.9If someone quits listening to 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.10Whoever misleads the upright along an evil way will himself 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.11The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.12When the righteous are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.13Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy.
14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.14Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.
15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.15A roaring lion and a charging bear— that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.
16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.16A Commander-in-Chief who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.
17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.17A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.
18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.18Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.
19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.19Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.20The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.21To show partiality isn't good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.
22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.22The miser is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn't aware that poverty will catch up with him.
23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.23Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.
24He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.24Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, "It's no sin," is a companion to someone who demolishes.
25An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.25An arrogant man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the LORD prospers.
26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.26Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept safe.
27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.27Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.28When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves, but when the wicked perish, the righteous increase.
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