Proverbs 28:1-11 (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 LORD8 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.
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