International Standard Version
Contrasting Good and Evil
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 alla the crops.
4Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked,
but whoever keeps itb 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.
collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
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.
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.
but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.g
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.
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.i
24Whoever steals from his father or mother
but claims, “It’s no sin,”
is a companion to someone who demolishes.
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 povertyk will be cursed.
28When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves,
but when the wickedl perish, the righteous increase.
a 28:3 Lit. that leaves no
b 28:4 Lit. keeps the Law
c 28:8 Lit. charging interest upon
d 28:9 Lit. turns away from
e 28:14 The Heb. lacks the LORD
f 28:16 Lit. Nagid; i.e. a senior officer entrusted with dual roles of operational oversight and administrative authority
g 28:16 Lit. will lengthen his days
h 28:22 Lit. The man with an evil eye
i 28:23 Lit. tongue
j 28:25 Or greedy
k 28:27 The Heb. lacks to their poverty
l 28:28 Lit. when they