|1||The wicked flee when no one pursues, |
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
|2||When a land transgresses it has many rulers; |
but with men of understanding and knowledge
its stability will long continue.
|3||A poor man who oppresses the poor |
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
|4||Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, |
but those who keep the law strive against them.
|5||Evil men do not understand justice, |
but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
|6||Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity |
than a rich man who is perverse in his ways.
|7||He who keeps the law is a wise son, |
but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
|8||He who augments his wealth by interest and increase |
gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.
|9||If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, |
even his prayer is an abomination.
|10||He who misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit; |
but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
|11||A rich man is wise in his own eyes, |
but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
|12||When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; |
but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
|13||He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, |
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
|14||Blessed is the man who fears the LORD always; |
but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
|15||Like a roaring lion or a charging bear |
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
|16||A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor; |
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
|17||If a man is burdened with the blood of another, |
let him be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.
|18||He who walks in integrity will be delivered, |
but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit.
|19||He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, |
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
|20||A faithful man will abound with blessings, |
but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
|21||To show partiality is not good; |
but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
|22||A miserly man hastens after wealth, |
and does not know that want will come upon him.
|23||He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor |
than he who flatters with his tongue.
|24||He who robs his father or his mother |
and says, "That is no transgression,"
is the companion of a man who destroys.
|25||A greedy man stirs up strife, |
but he who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.
|26||He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; |
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
|27||He who gives to the poor will not want, |
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
|28||When the wicked rise, men hide themselves,|
but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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