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Proverbs 28 (Today's New International Version)

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1 The wicked flee1 though no one pursues,2 but the righteous are as bold as a lion.3 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. 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.4 7 Those who heed instruction are discerning children, but companions of gluttons disgrace their parents.5 8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest6 or profit from the poor amasses it for another,7 who will be kind to the poor.8 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.9 10 Those who lead the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap,10 but the blameless will receive a good inheritance. 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;11 but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.12 13 Those who conceal their sins13 do not prosper, but those who confess14 and renounce them find mercy.15 14 Blessed are those who always tremble before God, but those who harden their hearts fall 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 refuge16 in the grave; let no one hold them back. 18 Those whose walk is blameless are kept safe,17 but those whose ways are perverse will fall18 into the pit.b 19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.19 20 A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.20 21 To show partiality21 is not good22-- yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.23 22 The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.24 23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.25 24 Whoever robs their father or mother26 and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.27 25 The greedy stir up dissension,28 but those who trust in the LORD 29 will prosper. 26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,30 but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.31 27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,32 but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.33 28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;34 but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
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