Proverbs 28 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, 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 When a land transgresses it has many rulers; but with men of understanding and knowledge its stability will long continue. 2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. 3 A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. 4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his ways. 6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.
7 He who keeps the law is a wise son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. 7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
8 He who augments his wealth by interest and increase gathers it for him who is kind to the poor. 8 He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.
10 He who misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance. 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 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find 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 the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves. 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding.
13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who fears the LORD always; but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor; but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days. 16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment, but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.
17 If a man is burdened with the blood of another, let him be a fugitive until death; let no one help him. 17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.
18 He who walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit. 18 He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.
19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. 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 will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. 20 A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good; but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. 21 To show partiality is not good-- yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 A miserly man hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him. 22 A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
23 He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. 23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.
24 He who robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is the companion of a man who destroys. 24 He who robs his father or mother and says, "It's not wrong"-- he is partner to him who destroys.
25 A greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will be enriched. 25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26 He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. 26 He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
27 He who gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get 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.