Proverbs 28
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1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
3A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.
6Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.
7The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.
8Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
9If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
10Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.
11A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
14Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death; let no one help him.17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
18Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked will fall all at once.
19Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.19He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.20A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.21To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.
23Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys.24He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.
25A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.25An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
27Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
28When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.
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