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Proverbs 28:1-11 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing [them], but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 2 When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures. 3 A destitute leadera who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food. 4 Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law battle against them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything.b 6 Better a poor man who lives with integrityc than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.d e 7 A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.f 8 Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor.g 9 Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law- even his prayer is detestable.h 10 The one who leads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit,i but the blameless will inherit what is good. 11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.
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