28 The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.
3 A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all[a] the crops.
4 Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it[b] fights them.
5 Evil men don’t understand justice, but whoever seeks the Lord understands it all.
6 It’s better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one’s lifestyle.
7 Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to his father.
8 Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant[c] interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
9 If someone quits[d] listening to the Law even his prayer is detestable.
10 Whoever misleads the upright along an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good. 11 The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
12 When the righteous are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13 Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord,[e] but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.
15 A roaring lion and a charging bear— that’s what a wicked tyrant is over poor people. 16 A Commander-in-Chief[f] who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.[g]
17 A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.
18 Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.
19 Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20 The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21 To show partiality isn’t good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.
22 The miser[h] is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn’t aware that poverty will catch up with him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.[i]
24 Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, “It’s no sin,” is a companion to someone who demolishes.
25 An arrogant[j] man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the Lord prospers.
26 Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept safe.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty[k] will be cursed. 28 When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves, but when the wicked[l] perish, the righteous increase.
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