Proverbs 28
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1The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.1The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, but the righteous person is as confident as a lion.
2When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.2When a country is rebellious it has many princes, but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable order is maintained.
3A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.3A poor person who oppresses the weak is like a driving rain without 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 contend with them.
5Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.5Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
6Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.6A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.
7A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.7The one who keeps the law is a discerning child, but a companion of gluttons brings shame to his parents.
8Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.8The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest gathers it for someone who is gracious to the needy.
9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9The one who 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.10The one who leads the upright astray in 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.11A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.12When the righteous rejoice, great is the glory, but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out.
13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.13The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them 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 one who is always cautious, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into evil.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.15Like a roaring lion or a roving bear, so 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.16The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom, but the one 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.17The one who is tormented by the murder of another will flee to 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.18The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverse in his ways will fall at once.
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 be satisfied with food, but whoever chases daydreams 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 person will have an abundance of blessings, but the one who hastens to gain riches 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 terrible, for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread.
22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.22The stingy person hastens after riches and does not know that poverty will overtake him.
23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.23The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the 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 and mother and says, "There is no transgression," is a companion to the one who destroys.
25The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.25The greedy person stirs up dissension, but the one who 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 his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.
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 lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them 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 gain control, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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