Warnings and Instructions

1 The wicked 1flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 By the transgression of a land 2many are its princes, But 3by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
3 A 4poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law 5praise the wicked, But those who keep the law 6strive with them.
5 Evil men 7do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD 8understand all things.
6 9Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked * though he be rich.
7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of 10gluttons humiliates his father.
8 He who increases his wealth by 11interest and usury Gathers it 12for him who is gracious to the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his 13prayer is an abomination.
10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will 14himself fall into his own pit, But the 15blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man is 16wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.
12 When the 17righteous triumph, there is great glory, But 18when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13 He who 19conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who 20confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
14 How blessed is the man who 21fears always, But he who 22hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a 23roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a 24wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A 25leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 A man who is 26laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
18 He who walks blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is 27crooked * will fall all at once.
19 28He who tills his land will 29have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.
20 A 30faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who 31makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To 32show partiality * is not good, 33Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 A man with an 34evil eye 35hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.
23 He who 36rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who 37flatters with the tongue.
24 He who 38robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the 39companion of a man who destroys.
25 An arrogant man 40stirs up strife, But he who 41trusts in the LORD 42will prosper.
26 He who 43trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who 44gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.