Warnings and Instructions1 The wicked a flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are ▼
▼ Lit confidentbold as a lion.
2 By the transgression of a land c many are its princes,
But d by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
3 A e poor man who oppresses the lowly
Is like a driving rain ▼
▼ Lit and there is no breadwhich leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law g praise the wicked,
But those who keep the law h strive with them.
5 Evil men i do not understand justice,
But those who seek the Lord j understand all things.
6 k Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is ▼
▼ Lit perverse of two wayscrooked though he be rich.
7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of m gluttons humiliates his father.
8 He who increases his wealth by n interest and usury
Gathers it o for him who is gracious to the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his p prayer is an abomination.
10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way
Will q himself fall into his own pit,
But the r blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man is s wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding ▼
▼ Lit examines himsees through him.
12 When the u righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But v when the wicked rise, men ▼
▼ Lit will be searched forhide themselves.
13 He who x conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who y confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
14 How blessed is the man who z fears always,
But he who aa hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a ab roaring lion and a rushing bear
Is a ac wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ad leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,
But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 A man who is ae laden with the guilt of human blood
▼ Lit flee to the pitbe a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
18 He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,
But he who is ▼
▼ Lit perverse of two ways, ah crooked will fall all at once.
19 ai He who tills his land will aj have plenty of food,
But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.
20 A ak faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who al makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To ▼
▼ Lit regard the face, an show partiality is not good,
ao Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 A man with an ap evil eye aq hastens after wealth
And does not know that want will come upon him.
23 He who ar rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
Than he who as flatters with the tongue.
24 He who at robs his father or his mother
And says, “It is not a transgression,”
Is the au companion of a man who destroys.
25 An ▼
▼ Lit broad soularrogant man aw stirs up strife,
But he who ax trusts in the Lord ay will ▼
▼ Lit be made fatprosper.
26 He who ba trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who bb gives to the poor will never want,
But he who ▼
▼ Lit hidesshuts his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.
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