Bible: Proverbs 28

28:1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, 1 

but the righteous person is as confident 2  as a lion.

28:2 When a country is rebellious 3  it has many princes, 4 

but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable 5  order is maintained. 6 

28:3 A poor person 7  who oppresses the weak

is like 8  a driving rain without food. 9 

28:4 Those who forsake the law 10  praise the wicked, 11 

but those who keep the law contend 12  with them.

28:5 Evil people 13  do not understand justice, 14 

but those who seek the Lord 15  understand it all.

28:6 A poor person 16  who walks in his integrity is better

than one who is perverse in his ways 17  even though 18  he is rich. 19 

28:7 The one who keeps the law 20  is a discerning child, 21 

but a companion of gluttons brings shame 22  to his parents. 23 

28:8 The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest 24 

gathers it for someone who is gracious 25  to the needy.

28:9 The one who turns away his ear 26  from hearing the law,

even his prayer 27  is an abomination. 28 

28:10 The one who leads the upright astray in an evil way

will himself fall into his own pit, 29 

but the blameless will inherit what is good. 30 

28:11 A rich person 31  is wise in his own eyes, 32 

but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly. 33 

28:12 When the righteous rejoice, 34  great is the glory, 35 

but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out. 36 

28:13 The one who covers 37  his transgressions will not prosper, 38 

but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy. 39 

28:14 Blessed is the one who is always cautious, 40 

but whoever hardens his heart 41  will fall into evil.

28:15 Like 42  a roaring lion or a roving bear, 43 

so is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 44 

28:16 The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom, 45 

but the one who hates 46  unjust gain will prolong his days.

28:17 The one who is tormented 47  by the murder 48  of another will flee to the pit; 49 

let no one support him.

28:18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered, 50 

but whoever is perverse in his ways will fall 51  at once. 52 

28:19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food, 53 

but whoever chases daydreams 54  will have his fill 55  of poverty.

28:20 A faithful person 56  will have an abundance of blessings,

but the one who hastens 57  to gain riches will not go unpunished.

28:21 To show partiality 58  is terrible, 59 

for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread. 60 

28:22 The stingy person 61  hastens after riches

and does not know that poverty will overtake him. 62 

28:23 The one who reproves 63  another 64  will in the end 65  find more favor

than the one who flatters 66  with the tongue.

28:24 The one who robs 67  his father and mother and says, “There is no transgression,”

is a companion 68  to the one 69  who destroys.

28:25 The greedy person 70  stirs up dissension, 71 

but the one who trusts 72  in the Lord will prosper. 73 

28:26 The one who trusts in his own heart 74  is a fool,

but the one who walks in wisdom 75  will escape. 76 

28:27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack, 77 

but whoever shuts his eyes to them 78  will receive 79  many curses. 80 

28:28 When the wicked gain control, 81  people 82  hide themselves, 83 

but when they perish, 84  the righteous increase.

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