Proverbs 28
New American Standard Bible 1995New Living Translation
1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.1The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.2When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.3A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.4To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.5Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the LORD understand completely.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.6Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.
7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.7Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.8Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.9God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.
10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.10Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.11Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.12When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.13People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.14Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.15A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.16A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.17A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!
18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.18The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.19A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.20The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.21Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.22Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.23In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.
24He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.24Anyone who steals from his father and mother and says, “What’s wrong with that?” is no better than a murderer.
25An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.25Greed causes fighting; trusting the LORD leads to prosperity.
26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.26Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is 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 lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.28When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.
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