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Proverbs 28 NIV

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

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2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
3 A rulera who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

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    •  28:3 - Or "A poor person"
      4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.
      5 Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
      6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

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      7 A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

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      8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

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      9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

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      10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

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      11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
      12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

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      13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

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      14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
      15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
      16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
      17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

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      18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.b

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        •  28:18 - Syriac (see Septuagint); Hebrew "into one"
          19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

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          20 A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

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          21 To show partiality is not good— yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

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          22 The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

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          23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

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          24 Whoever robs their father or mother and says, “It’s not wrong,” is partner to one who destroys.

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          25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

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          26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

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          27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

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          28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

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              • a 28:3 - Or "A poor person"
              • b 28:18 - Syriac (see Septuagint); Hebrew "into one"