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Proverbs 28 (English Standard Version)

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1 1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but 2the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 When a land transgresses, 3it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. 3 4A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. 4 Those who forsake the law 5praise the wicked, but those who keep the law 6strive against them. 5 Evil men 7do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD 8 understand it completely. 6 9Better is a poor man who 10walks in his integrity than a rich man who is 11crooked in his ways. 7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but 12a companion of gluttons shames his father. 8 Whoever multiplies his wealth 13by interest and profita 14gathers it for him who is 15generous to the poor. 9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his 16prayer is an abomination. 10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way 17will fall into his own pit, but the blameless 18will have a goodly inheritance. 11 A rich man is wise in his 19own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding 20will find him out. 12 When 21the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when 22the wicked rise, people hide themselves. 13 Whoever 23conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who 24confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who 25fears the LORD always, but whoever 26hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 15 Like 27a roaring lion or 28a charging bear is 29a wicked ruler over a poor people. 16 A ruler who 30lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days. 17 If one is burdened with 31the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;b let no one help him. 18 32Whoever 33walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. 19 34Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. 20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich 35will not go unpunished. 21 To show 36partiality is not good, but for 37a piece of bread a man will do wrong. 22 A 38stingy manc39hastens after wealth and does not know that 40poverty will come upon him. 23 Whoever 41rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than 42he who flatters with his tongue. 24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is 43a companion to a man who destroys. 25 A greedy man 44stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will 45be enriched. 26 Whoever 46trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. 27 Whoever 47gives to the poor will not want, but he who 48hides his eyes will get many a curse. 28 When 49the wicked rise, 50people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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