Proverbs 28-31 New International Version (NIV)
28 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
3 A ruler[a] who oppresses the poor
4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
7 A discerning son heeds instruction,
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
21 To show partiality is not good—
22 The stingy are eager to get rich
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
24 Whoever robs their father or mother
25 The greedy stir up conflict,
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
8 Mockers stir up a city,
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
11 Fools give full vent to their rage,
12 If a ruler listens to lies,
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
21 A servant pampered from youth
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
23 Pride brings a person low,
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
Sayings of Agur
30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
5 “Every word of God is flawless;
7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
15 “The leech has two daughters.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,
17 “The eye that mocks a father,
18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me,
20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman:
21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
24 “Four things on earth are small,
29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
Sayings of King Lemuel
31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [g]A wife of noble character who can find?
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