Proverbs 28

Warnings and Instructions

1The wicked a  flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are
Lit confident
bold as a lion.
2By the transgression of a land c  many are its princes,
But d  by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
3A e  poor man who oppresses the lowly
Is like a driving rain
Lit and there is no bread
which leaves no food.
4Those who forsake the law g  praise the wicked,
But those who keep the law h  strive with them.
5Evil 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 ways
crooked though he be rich.
7He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of m  gluttons humiliates his father.
8He who increases his wealth by n  interest and usury
Gathers it o  for him who is gracious to the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his p  prayer is an abomination.
10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way
Will q  himself fall into his own pit,
But the r  blameless will inherit good.
11The rich man is s  wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding
Lit examines him
sees through him.
12When the u  righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But v  when the wicked rise, men
Lit will be searched for
hide themselves.
13He who x  conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who y  confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
14How 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.
16A ad  leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,
But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17A man who is ae  laden with the guilt of human blood
Will
Lit flee to the pit
be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
18He 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.
20A ak  faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who al  makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To
Lit regard the face
,
an  show partiality is not good,
ao  Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22A man with an ap  evil eye aq  hastens after wealth
And does not know that want will come upon him.
23He who ar  rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
Than he who as  flatters with the tongue.
24He who at  robs his father or his mother
And says, “It is not a transgression,”
Is the au  companion of a man who destroys.
25An
Lit broad soul
arrogant man aw  stirs up strife,
But he who ax  trusts in the  Lord ay  will
Lit be made fat
prosper.
26He who ba  trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
27He who bb  gives to the poor will never want,
But he who
Lit hides
shuts his eyes will have many curses.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

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