Proverbs 28

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1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Le 26:8; Le 26:17; 1Sa 17:32; Ps 53:5) 2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. (1Ki 15:27; 1Ki 16:8; 2Ki 15:8) 3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. (Mt 18:28) 4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. (1Ki 18:18; 1Ki 18:21; Ne 13:11; Ne 13:15; Ps 10:3; Mt 3:7; Mt 14:4; Ro 1:32; Eph 5:11) 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. (Ps 92:6; Ps 119:100; Joh 7:17; Joh 12:39; 1Co 2:15; Jas 1:5; 1Jo 2:20; 1Jo 2:27) 6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. (Pr 19:1; Pr 28:18) 7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. (Pr 23:20; Pr 29:3) 8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit[1] gathers it for him who is generous to the poor. (Ex 22:25; Le 25:36; Job 27:17; Pr 14:31) 9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. (Ps 109:7; Pr 15:8) 10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance. (Ps 7:15; Mt 6:33) 11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. (Job 13:9; Pr 26:5; Pr 26:16) 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves. (Pr 11:10; Pr 28:28; Pr 29:2; Ec 10:5) 13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Job 31:33; Ps 32:3; Ps 32:5; 1Jo 1:8; 1Jo 1:9) 14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord[2] always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. (Ps 95:8; Pr 23:17; Isa 66:2; Php 2:12) 15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people. (Ex 1:14; Ex 1:16; Ex 1:22; 2Ki 2:24; Pr 19:12; Mt 2:16; 1Pe 5:8) 16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days. (Pr 6:32) 17 If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;[3] let no one help him. (Ge 9:6) 18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. (Pr 3:23; Pr 10:9; Pr 28:6) 19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. (Pr 12:11) 20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. (Pr 16:5) 21 To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. (Pr 18:5; Eze 13:19) 22 A stingy man[4] hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him. (Pr 22:16; Pr 23:6; Pr 28:20) 23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. (Pr 27:5; Pr 29:5) 24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “That is no transgression,” is a companion to a man who destroys. (Pr 18:9) 25 A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. (Pr 11:25; Pr 13:4; Pr 15:18) 26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. (1Co 3:18) 27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. (Pr 11:24; Pr 19:17; Pr 29:7) 28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase. (Job 24:4; Pr 28:12)