Proverbs 28 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth : but the righteous are bold as a lion. 1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged . 2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. 3 A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. 4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. 6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. 7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. 8 He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession . 10 He who leads the upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out . 11 A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.
12 When righteous men do rejoice , there is great glory: but when the wicked rise , a man is hidden . 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper : but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy . 13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. 15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. 16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment, but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. 17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved : but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 18 He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. 19 He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent . 20 A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress . 21 To show partiality is not good-- yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. 22 A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue. 23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith , It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer . 24 He who robs his father or mother and says, "It's not wrong"-- he is partner to him who destroys.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat . 25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered . 26 He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
28 When the wicked rise , men hide themselves: but when they perish , the righteous increase . 28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.