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1Sinners run away even when no one is chasing them.
But those who do what is right are as bold as lions.
2A country has many rulers when its people don't obey.
But an understanding king knows how to keep order.
3A ruler who beats poor people down
is like a pounding rain that leaves no crops.
4Those who turn away from the law praise sinners.
But those who obey the law oppose them.
5Sinful men don't understand what is fair.
But those who worship the Lord understand it completely.
6It is better to be poor and live without blame
than to be rich and follow a crooked path.
7A child who obeys the law understands what is right.
But a child who likes to eat too much brings shame on his father.
8A person who increases his wealth by charging high interest
piles it up for someone who will be kind to poor people.
9If you don't pay attention to the law,
even your prayers are hated.
10Those who lead honest people down an evil path
will fall into their own trap.
But those who are without blame
will receive good things.
11Rich people may be wise in their own eyes.
But a poor person who understands what is right knows what they are really like.
12When godly people win, everyone is very happy.
But when sinners take charge, everyone hides.
13Anyone who hides his sins doesn't succeed.
But anyone who admits his sins and gives them up finds mercy.
14Blessed is the one who always has respect for the Lord.
But anyone who is stubborn will get into trouble.
15An evil person who rules over helpless people
is like a roaring lion or an angry bear.
16A ruler who is mean to his people doesn't have any sense.
But anyone who hates money gained in the wrong way will enjoy a long life.
17A man who is troubled because he is guilty of murder
will be on the run until the day he dies.
No one should give him any help.
18Anyone who lives without blame is kept safe.
But anyone whose path is crooked will suddenly fall.
19Anyone who farms his land will have plenty of food.
But anyone who chases dreams will be very poor.
20A faithful man will be richly blessed.
But anyone who wants to get rich will be punished.
21Favoring one person over another is not good.
But some men will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22A man who won't share what he has wants to get rich.
He doesn't know he is going to be poor.
23It is better to warn a man than to pretend to praise him.
In the end he will be more pleased with you.
24Anyone who steals from his parents and says, "It's not wrong,"
is just like a man who destroys.
25A person who always wants more stirs up fights.
But anyone who trusts in the Lord will succeed.
26Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish.
But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.
27Those who give to poor people
will have everything they need.
But those who close their eyes to the poor
will be under many curses.
28When those who are evil take charge, other people hide.
But when those who are evil die, godly people grow stronger.
1 A wicked person flees when no one is chasing him,
but righteous people are as bold as lions.
2 When a country is in revolt, it has many rulers,
but only with a person who has understanding and knowledge
will it last a long time.
3 A poor person who oppresses poorer people
is like a driving rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who abandon ⌊God’s⌋ teachings praise wicked people,
but those who follow ⌊God’s⌋ teachings oppose wicked people.
5 Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand everything.
6 Better to be a poor person who has integrity
than to be rich and double-dealing.
7 Whoever follows ⌊God’s⌋ teachings is a wise son.
Whoever associates with gluttons disgraces his father.
8 Whoever becomes wealthy through ⌊unfair⌋ loans and interest
collects them for the one who is kind to the poor.
9 Surely the prayer of someone who refuses
to listen to ⌊God’s⌋ teachings is disgusting.
10 Whoever leads decent people into evil will fall into his own pit,
but innocent people will inherit good things.
11 A rich person is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor person with understanding sees right through him.
12 When righteous people triumph, there is great glory,
but when wicked people rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever covers over his sins does not prosper.
Whoever confesses and abandons them receives compassion.
14 Blessed is the one who is always fearful ⌊of sin⌋,
but whoever is hard-hearted falls into disaster.
15 ⌊Like⌋ a roaring lion and a charging bear,
⌊so⌋ a wicked ruler is a threat to poor people.
16 A leader without understanding taxes ⌊his people⌋ heavily,
but those who hate unjust gain will live longer.
17 A person burdened with the guilt of murder
will be a fugitive down to his grave.
No one will help him.
18 Whoever lives honestly will be safe.
Whoever lives dishonestly will fall all at once.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat.
Whoever chases unrealistic dreams will have plenty of nothing.
20 A trustworthy person has many blessings,
but anyone in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21 Showing partiality is not good,
because some people will turn on you even for a piece of bread.
22 A stingy person is in a hurry to get rich,
not realizing that poverty is about to overtake him.
23 Whoever criticizes people will be more highly regarded in the future
than the one who flatters with his tongue.
24 The one who robs his father or his mother
and says, “It isn’t wrong!” is a companion to a vandal.
25 A greedy person stirs up a fight,
but whoever trusts the Lord prospers.
26 Whoever trusts his own heart is a fool.
Whoever walks in wisdom will survive.
27 Whoever gives to the poor lacks nothing.
Whoever ignores the poor receives many curses.
28 When wicked people rise, people hide.
When they die, righteous people increase.