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Proverbs 28:12-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

12 When the just triumph, there is great glory;
    but when the wicked prevail, people hide.[a]
13 Those who conceal their sins do not prosper,
    but those who confess and forsake them obtain mercy.[b]
14 Happy those who always fear;[c]
    but those who harden their hearts fall into evil.

Footnotes:

  1. 28:12 People react in opposite ways to the triumph of good and evil. To the triumph of good, they react by public display, public celebration, and to the triumph of evil, by hiding.
  2. 28:13 Concealing the faults of another is a good thing in Proverbs (17:9), but concealing one’s own sins is not. Ps 32:1–5 expresses the anguish caused by concealing one’s sins rather than bringing them to light so they can be healed by God.
  3. 28:14 Fear is a different verb than in the phrase “to fear (or revere) the Lord.” In its only other biblical occurrence (Is 51:13), the verb means to dread an oppressor. The saying states a paradox: those who fear in the sense of being cautious are declared happy, whereas those who are fearless will fall into traps they did not “fear.” In short, there is good fear and bad fear.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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