Proverbs 28
New American Standard Bible 1995King James Bible
1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.1The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are 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.2For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.3A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.4They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.5Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.6Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.7Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.8He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.10Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.11The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.12When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.13He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.14Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.15As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.16The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.17A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.18Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.19He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.20A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.21To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.22He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.23He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.25He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.26He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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