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13 If you cover up your sin you’ll never do well.
But if you confess your sins and forsake them,
you will be kissed by mercy.
14 Overjoyed is the one who with tender heart trembles before God,
but the stubborn, unyielding heart will experience even greater evil.
15 Ruthless rulers can only be compared
to raging lions and roaming bears.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 28:15 David, before he killed Goliath, went after the lion and the bear. See 1 Sam. 17:34-37. These beasts represented demonic forces of evil over the land. Daniel also mentions the world’s ruthless leaders as lions and bears. See Dan. 7:1-8

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