1The wicked flee when no one pursues them;
but the righteous, like lions, feel sure of themselves.
2A land which transgresses [is punished by] having many rulers;
but with a man of understanding and knowledge, stability is prolonged.
3A poor man who oppresses the weak
is like a downpour that sweeps away all the food.
4Those who abandon Torah praise the wicked,
but those who keep Torah fight them.
5Evil people don’t understand justice,
but those who seek Adonai understand everything.
6Better to be poor and live an honest life
than be crooked in one’s ways, though rich.
7A wise son observes Torah,
but a friend of those lacking restraint shames his father.
8He who increases his wealth by charging exorbitant interest
amasses it for someone who will bestow it on the poor.
9If a person will not listen to Torah,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10Whoever causes the honest to pursue evil ways
will himself fall into his own pit,
but the pure-hearted will inherit good.
11The rich man is wise in his own view,
but the poor who has discernment sees through him.
12When the just are triumphant, there is great rejoicing,
but when the wicked rise up, people hide.
13He who conceals his sins will not succeed;
he who confesses and abandons them will gain mercy.
14Happy the person who is never without fear,
but he who hardens his heart will fall into misfortune.
15Like a roaring lion or a bear prowling for food
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16A prince without discernment is a cruel oppressor,
but one who hates greed will prolong his life.
17Let a man weighed down with anyone’s blood
flee to a pit; give him no support.
18Whoever lives blamelessly will be saved,
but he whose ways are crooked will fall in one [of those ways].
19He who farms his land will have plenty of food,
but he who follows futilities will have plenty of poverty.
20A trustworthy person will receive many blessings,
but one rushing to get rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good,
though a person may do wrong for a crust of bread.
22He who is greedy rushes after riches,
not knowing that want will overtake him.
23He who rebukes another person
in the end gets more thanks than the flatterer.
24Whoever robs mother or father and says, “That’s not a crime!”
is comrade to the destroyer.
25A grasping disposition stirs up strife,
but he who trusts in Adonai will prosper.
26He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who lives by wisdom will escape.
27He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but he who hides his eyes will get curses in plenty.
28When the wicked rise up, people hide;
but when they perish, the righteous flourish.