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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.
1The #Lev. 26:17, 36; Ps. 53:5wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
3#Matt. 18:28A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4#Ps. 49:18; Rom. 1:32Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
#1 Kin. 18:18; Neh. 13:11, 15; Matt. 3:7; 14:4; Eph. 5:11But such as keep the law contend with them.
5#Ps. 92:6; Is. 6:9; 44:18Evil men do not understand justice,
But #Ps. 119:100; Prov. 2:9; John 17:17; 1 Cor. 2:15; (1 John 2:20, 27)those who seek the Lord understand all.
6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
9One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
#Ps. 66:18; 109:7; Prov. 15:8Even his prayer is an abomination.
10#Ps. 7:15; Prov. 26:27Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
#(Matt. 6:33; Heb. 6:12; 1 Pet. 3:9)But the blameless will inherit good.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
12When the righteous rejoice, there is great #Prov. 11:10; 29:2glory;
But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13#Ps. 32:3–5; 1 John 1:8–10He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
14Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15#Prov. 19:12; 1 Pet. 5:8Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
#Ex. 1:14; Prov. 29:2; Matt. 2:16Is a wicked ruler over poor people.
16A ruler who lacks understanding is a great #Eccl. 10:16; Is. 3:12oppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17#Gen. 9:6A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.
18Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
19#Prov. 12:11; 20:13He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
20A faithful man will abound with blessings,
#Prov. 13:11; 20:21; 23:4; 1 Tim. 6:9But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21#Prov. 18:5To show partiality is not good,
#Ezek. 13:19Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that #Prov. 21:5poverty will come upon him.
23#Prov. 27:5, 6He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same #Prov. 18:9is companion to a destroyer.
25#Prov. 13:10He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
#Prov. 29:25; 1 Tim. 6:6But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.
26He who #Prov. 3:5trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
27#Deut. 15:7; Prov. 19:17; 22:9He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28When the wicked arise, #Job 24:4men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.