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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.
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1The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2By the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; but by a man of understanding and of knowledge, its stability is prolonged.
3A poor man who oppresseth the helpless is a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4They that forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as keep the law contend with them.
5Evil men understand not judgment; but they that seek Jehovah understand everything.
6Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse, double in ways, though he be rich.
7Whoso observeth the law is a son that hath understanding; but he that is a companion of profligates bringeth shame to his father.
8He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance gathereth it for him that is gracious to the poor.
9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, shall himself fall into his own pit; but the perfect shall inherit good.
11A rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men conceal themselves.
13He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.
14Happy is the man that feareth always; but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil.
15A roaring lion, and a ranging bear, is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16The prince void of intelligence is also a great oppressor: he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17A man laden with the blood of any person, fleeth to the pit: let no man stay him.
18Whoso walketh in integrity shall be saved; but he that is perverted in his double ways, shall fall in one of them.
19He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread; but he that followeth the worthless shall have poverty enough.
20A faithful man aboundeth with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
22He that hath an evil eye hasteth after wealth, and knoweth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23He that rebuketh a man shall afterwards find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24Whoso robbeth his father and his mother, and saith, It is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25He that is puffed up in soul exciteth contention; but he that relieth upon Jehovah shall be made fat.
26He that confideth in his own heart is a fool; but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack; but he that withdraweth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.