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CHAPTER 28.
1The wicked man fleeth, when no man pursueth: but the just, bold as a lion, shall be without dread. 2For the sine of the land many are the princes thereof: and for the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the prince shall be prolonged. 3A poor man that oppresseth the poor, is like a violent shower, which bringeth a famine. 4They that forsake the law, praise the wicked man: they that keep it, are incensed against him. 5Evil men think not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of all things. 6Better is the poor man walking in his simplicity, than the rich in crooked ways. 7He that keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that feedeth gluttons, shameth his father. 8He that heapeth together riches by usury and loan, gathereth them for him that will be bountiful to the poor. 9He that turneth away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be as abomination. 10He that deceiveth the just in a wicked way, shall fall in his own destruction: and the upright shall possess his goods. 11The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out. 12In the joy of the just there is great glory: when the wicked reign, men are ruined. 13He that hideth his sins, shall not prosper: but he that shall confess, and forsake them, shall obtain mercy. 14Blessed is the man that is always fearful: but he that is hardened in mind, shall fall into evil. 15As a roaring lion, and a hungry bear, so is a wicked prince over the poor people. 16A prince void of prudence shall oppress many by calumny: but he that hateth covetousness, shall prolong his days. 17A man that doth violence to the blood of a person, if he flee even to the pit, no man will stay him. 18He that walketh uprightly, shall be saved: he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 19He that tilleth his ground, shall be filled with bread: but he that followeth idleness shall be filled with poverty. 20A faithful man shall be much praised: but he that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent. 21He that hath respect to a person in judgment, doth not well: such a man even for a morsel of bread forsaketh the truth. 22A man, that maketh haste to be rich, and envieth others, is ignorant that poverty shall come upon him. 23He that rebuketh a man, shall afterward find favour with him, more than he that by a flattering tongue deceiveth him. 24He that stealeth any thing from his father, or from his mother: and saith, This is no sin, is the partner of a murderer. 25He that boasteth, and puffeth up himself, stirreth up quarrels: but he that trusteth in the Lord, shall be healed. 26He that trusteth in his own heart, is a fool: but he that walketh wisely, he shall be saved. 27He that giveth to the poor, shall not want: he that despiseth his entreaty, shall suffer indigence. 28When the wicked rise up, men shall hide themselves: when they perish, the lust shall be multiplied.
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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.