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Warnings and Instructions
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues them,
But the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 When a land does wrong, it has many princes,
But when the ruler is a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability endures.
3 A poor man who oppresses and exploits the lowly
Is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who #Lit forsake.set aside the law [of God and man] praise the wicked,
But those who keep the law [of God and man] struggle with them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,
But they who long for and seek the Lord understand it fully.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is crooked and two-faced though he is rich.
7 He who keeps the law [of God and man] is a wise and discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father [and himself].
8 He who increases his wealth by interest and usury (excessive interest)
Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
9 He who turns his ear away from listening to the law [of God and man],
Even his prayer is repulsive [to God].
10 He who leads the upright astray on an evil path
Will himself fall into his own pit,
But the blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man [who is conceited and relies on his wealth instead of God] is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor man who has understanding [because he relies on God] is able to see through him.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration;
But when the wicked rise [to prominence], men hide themselves.
13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and #Lit forsakes.turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy.
14 Blessed and favored by God is the man who fears [sin and its consequence] at all times,
But he who hardens his heart [and is determined to sin] will fall into disaster.
15 Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding and common sense [and his wickedness shortens his days],
But he who hates unjust gain will [be blessed and] prolong his days.
17 A man who is burdened with the guilt of human blood (murder)
Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him or give him refuge.
18 He who walks blamelessly and uprightly will be kept safe,
But he who is crooked (perverse) will suddenly fall.
19 He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows worthless people and frivolous pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings,
But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To have regard for one person over another and to show favoritism is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 He who has an evil and envious eye hurries to be rich
And does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 He who [appropriately] reprimands a [wise] man will afterward find more favor
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 He who robs his father or his mother
And says, “This is no sin,”
Is [not only a thief but also] the companion of a man who destroys.
25 An arrogant and greedy man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be blessed and prosper.
26 He who trusts confidently in his own heart is a [dull, thickheaded] fool,
But he who walks in [skillful and godly] wisdom will be rescued.
27 He who gives to the poor will never want,
But he who shuts his eyes [from their need] will have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise [to power], men hide themselves;
But when the wicked perish, the [consistently] righteous increase and become great.
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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.