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1The wicked flee when no one pursues;
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2In rebellion, a land has many rulers,
but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.
3A needy man who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.
4Those who forsake the Torah praise the wicked;
but those who keep the Torah contend with them.
5Evil men don’t understand justice;
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity,
than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.
7Whoever keeps the Torah is a wise son;
but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8He who increases his wealth by excessive interest
gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.
9He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
he will fall into his own trap;
but the blameless will inherit good.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes;
but the poor who has understanding sees through him.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory;
but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13He who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14Blessed is the man who always fears;
but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15As a roaring lion or a charging bear,
so is a wicked ruler over helpless people.
16A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment.
One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days.
17A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death;
no one will support him.
18Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe;
but one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.
19One who works his land will have an abundance of food;
but one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
20A faithful man is rich with blessings;
but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good;
yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22A stingy man hurries after riches,
and doesn’t know that poverty waits for him.
23One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than one who flatters with the tongue.
24Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “It’s not wrong,”
is a partner with a destroyer.
25One who is greedy stirs up strife;
but one who trusts in the Lord will prosper.
26One who trusts in himself is a fool;
but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
27One who gives to the poor has no lack;
but one who closes his eyes will have many curses.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
but when they perish, the righteous thrive.
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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.