Proverbs 28
International Standard Version
1The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like a lion.

2When a land transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.

3A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.

4Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.

5Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.

6It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.

7Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to his father.

8Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.

9If someone quits listening to the Law even his prayer is detestable.

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 man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.

12When the righteous are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.

13Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy.

14Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.

15A roaring lion and a charging bear— that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.

16A Commander-in-Chief who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.

17A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.

18Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.

19Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.

20The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.

21To show partiality isn't good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.

22The miser is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn't aware that poverty will catch up with him.

23Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.

24Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, "It's no sin," is a companion to someone who demolishes.

25An arrogant man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the LORD prospers.

26Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept safe.

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 hide themselves, but when the wicked perish, the righteous increase.

The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1
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