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, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like 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 gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.
3A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.3A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.
4Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.4Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.
5Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.5Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.
6Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.6It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.
7A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.7Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to 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 gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9If someone quits listening to 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.10Whoever misleads the upright along an evil way will himself 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.11The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man 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 are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.13Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes 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 always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.15A roaring lion and a charging bear— that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.
16A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.16A Commander-in-Chief who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.
17Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.17A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; 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.18Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.
19Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.19Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.20The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21To show partiality is not good-- yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.21To show partiality isn't good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.
22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.22The miser is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn't aware that poverty will catch up with him.
23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.23Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.
24Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.24Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, "It's no sin," is a companion to someone who demolishes.
25The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.25An arrogant man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the LORD prospers.
26Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.26Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept 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 never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.
28When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.28When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves, but when the wicked perish, the righteous increase.
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