Proverbs 28 ESV

1 1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but 2the righteous are bold as a lion.

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2 When a land transgresses, 3it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

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3 4A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.

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4 Those who forsake the law 5praise the wicked, but those who keep the law 6strive against them.

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5 Evil men 7do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD 8 understand it completely.

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6 9Better is a poor man who 10walks in his integrity than a rich man who is 11crooked in his ways.

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      7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but 12a companion of gluttons shames his father.

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      8 Whoever multiplies his wealth 13by interest and profita 14gathers it for him who is 15generous to the poor.

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        • Ê 28:8 - That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor
          9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his 16prayer is an abomination.

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          10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way 17will fall into his own pit, but the blameless 18will have a goodly inheritance.

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          11 A rich man is wise in his 19own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding 20will find him out.

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          12 When 21the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when 22the wicked rise, people hide themselves.

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          13 Whoever 23conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who 24confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

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          14 Blessed is the one who 25fears the LORD always, but whoever 26hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

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          15 Like 27a roaring lion or 28a charging bear is 29a wicked ruler over a poor people.

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          16 A ruler who 30lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

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          17 If one is burdened with 31the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;b let no one help him.

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            • Ë 28:17 - Hebrew until the pit
              18 32Whoever 33walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

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                  19 34Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

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                  20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich 35will not go unpunished.

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                  21 To show 36partiality is not good, but for 37a piece of bread a man will do wrong.

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                  22 A 38stingy manc39hastens after wealth and does not know that 40poverty will come upon him.

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                    • Ì 28:22 - Hebrew A man whose eye is evil
                      23 Whoever 41rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than 42he who flatters with his tongue.

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                      24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is 43a companion to a man who destroys.

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                      25 A greedy man 44stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will 45be enriched.

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                      26 Whoever 46trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

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                      27 Whoever 47gives to the poor will not want, but he who 48hides his eyes will get many a curse.

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                      28 When 49the wicked rise, 50people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

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