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 bold as a lion.
2When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.2When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.
3A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.3A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating 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 strive against 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 understand it completely.
6Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.6Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
7A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.7The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.8Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.10Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
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 who has understanding will find him out.
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, people hide themselves.
13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.14Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
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 poor people.
16A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.16A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.17If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death; let no one help him.
18The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.18Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked 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.19Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty 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 whoever hastens 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, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
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 will come upon him.
23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.23Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
24Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.24Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.
25The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.25A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.
26Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.26Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
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 want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.28When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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