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1 The wicked flee, but no one pursues,
but the righteous is bold like a lion.
2By the rebellion of a land, her rulers increase,
but by a person of intelligence who knows justice, it will last.
3A man who is poor and oppresses the impoverished
is a beating rain that leaves#Literally “and there is” no food.
4Those who forsake instruction will praise the wicked,
but they who guard instruction will struggle against them.
5Men of evil do not understand justice,
but seekers of Yahweh understand completely.#Or “everything”
6Better to be poor and walking in one’s integrity
than to be crooked of ways when one is rich.
7He who keeps instruction is a child of understanding,
but the companion of gluttons will shame his father.
8He who augments his wealth with interest and with usury
gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.
9He who turns his ear from listening to instruction,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10He who misleads the upright onto the way of evil,
into his pits he will fall.
But as for the blameless, they will inherit good.
11A man of wealth is wise in his own eyes,
but the intelligent poor sees through him.
12When the righteous triumphs, great is the glory,
but with the rising of the wicked, a person will be hidden.
13He who conceals his transgression will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes will obtain mercy.
14Happy is the person who fears continuously,
but he who is stubborn of heart,#Or “mind” will fall into calamity.
15Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16A ruler who lacks understanding is#Hebrew “and” a cruel oppressor,
but those who hate unjust gain will have long#Or “prolong” days.
17A person who is burdened with the blood of another,#Literally “life”
until death he will flee;
do not take hold of him.
18He who walks in integrity will be safe,
but he who takes crooked paths will fall in one.
19He who tills his ground will have plenty bread,
but he who follows fantasies will have plenty of poverty.
20A man of faithfulness has abundant blessings,
but he who hurries to become rich will not go unpunished.
21Showing partiality#Literally “Recognizing faces” is not good,
and over a morsel of bread, a strong man will do wrong.
22He who hurries for wealth is a man with an evil eye,#Literally “a man of evil of eye”
but he does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23He who rebukes a person will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with the tongue.
24He who robs his father and his mother and says, “There is no crime,”
is partner to a man who corrupts.
25The greedy person#Literally “wide soul” will stir up strife,
but he who trusts in Yahweh will be enriched.
26He who trusts in his own heart#Or “mind,” or “sense” is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be saved.
27For he who gives to the poor, there is no lacking,
but for he#Hebrew “those” who turns his eyes, there are many curses.
28With the rising of the wicked, humankind will be hidden,
and with their perishing, the righteous will multiply.
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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.