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 is pursuing them, 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.2When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.
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 reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law battle 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 everything.
6Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.6Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.
7A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.7A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates 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 increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor.
9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9Anyone who 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.10The one who leads the upright into an evil way 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 who has 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 rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide themselves.
13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.13The one 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.14Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.15A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.
16A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.16A leader who lacks understanding is very oppressive, but one who hates dishonest profit prolongs his life.
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 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.18The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong 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 have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good-- yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.21It is not good to show partiality-- yet a man may sin for a piece of bread.
22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.22A greedy man is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn't know that poverty will come to him.
23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.23One who rebukes a person 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.24The one who robs his father or mother and says, "That's no sin," is a companion to a man who destroys.
25The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.25A greedy person provokes conflict, but whoever trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.26The one 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.27The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away 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, but when they are destroyed, the righteous flourish.
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