Proverbs 28
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1The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.2A land in rebellion has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
3A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.3A destitute leader who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food.
4Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.
5Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD comprehend fully.
6Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.6Better a poor man who walks with integrity than a rich man whose ways are perverse.
7A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.7A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
8Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury lays it up for one who is kind to the poor.
9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.
10Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.10He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
11The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.11A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man with discernment sees through him.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.13He who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.
14Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.14Blessed is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
16A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.16A leader who lacks judgment is also a great oppressor, but he who hates dishonest profit will prolong his days.
17Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.17A man burdened by bloodguilt will flee into the Pit; let no one support him.
18The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.18He who walks with integrity will be kept safe, but whoever is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
19Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.19The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
20A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.20A faithful man will abound with blessings, but one eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good-- yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.21To show partiality is not good, yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.22A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty awaits him.
23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.23He who rebukes a man will later find more favor than one who flatters with his tongue.
24Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.24He who robs his father or mother, saying, “It is not wrong,” is a companion to the man who destroys.
25The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.25A greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.26He who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.
27Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.27Whoever gives to the poor will not be in need, but he who hides his eyes will receive many curses.
28When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.28When the wicked come to power, people hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous flourish.
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