Proverbs 28 Expanded Bible (EXB)
2 When a country ·is lawless [or rebels; or transgresses], it has ·one ruler after another [or many rulers/leaders];
3 ·Rulers [or Poor people] who ·mistreat [oppress] the poor
4 Those who ·disobey what they have been taught [forsake/abandon instruction/law] praise the wicked,
5 Evil people do not understand justice,
6 It is better to be poor and ·innocent [walk blamelessly]
7 Children who ·obey what they have been taught [protect instruction/law] are wise,
9 If you ·refuse to obey [turn your ear away from] ·what you have been taught [L hearing instruction],
10 Those who lead ·good [virtuous] people to ·do wrong [L go on an evil path]
11 Rich people may ·think they are wise [L be wise in their own eyes],
12 When ·good [righteous] people ·triumph [or rejoice], there is great happiness,
13 If you hide your sins, you will not succeed.
14 Those who ·are always respectful [or always fear the Lord; L always fear] will be ·happy [blessed],
15 A wicked ruler over poor people is
16 A ·ruler [prince] without ·wisdom [understanding] will be cruel,
17 Don’t help those who are ·guilty of [oppressed/burdened by] murder;
18 ·Innocent people [L Those who walk in innocence/blamelessness] will be ·kept safe [saved],
19 Those who work their land will have plenty of food,
20 A ·truthful [reliable] person will have many blessings,
21 It is not good ·for a judge to take sides [to show favoritism/partiality; L to recognize faces],
22 ·Selfish [Stingy] people are in a hurry to get rich
23 Those who correct others will later ·be liked [find favor]
24 Whoever robs father or mother
25 A greedy person ·causes trouble [L stirs up conflict],
26 Those who trust in ·themselves [L their own hearts] are foolish,
27 Whoever gives to the poor will ·have everything he needs [L lack nothing],
28 When the wicked ·get control [rise up], everybody hides,
Proverbs 28 King James Version (KJV)
28 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.