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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible


Proverbs 28:1-28


  • Prayer of the unresponsive one is detestable (9)

  • Mercy shown to the one confessing (13)

  • No quick riches without guilt (20)

  • Reproof better than flattery (23)

  • A generous one lacks nothing (27)

28  The wicked flee when no one pursues them,
But the righteous are as confident as a lion.*+
2   When there is transgression* in the land, it will have one prince after another,+ But with the help of a man of discernment and knowledge, a prince* will long endure.+ 3   A poor man who defrauds the lowly+ Is like a rain that sweeps away all the food. 4   Those who abandon the law praise the wicked one,
But those who observe the law are indignant with them.+
5   Evil men cannot understand justice,
But those who seek Jehovah can understand everything.+
6   Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than a rich man whose ways are corrupt.+
7   An understanding son observes the law,
But a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.+
8   The one who increases his wealth by interest+ and usury
Amasses it for the one who shows favor to the poor.+
9   The one refusing to listen to the law
—Even his prayer is detestable.+
10  The one misleading the upright into an evil course will fall into his own pit,+ But the blameless will inherit what is good.+ 11  A rich man is wise in his own eyes,+ But a poor man with discernment can see through him.+ 12  When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.+
13  The one covering over his transgressions will not succeed,+ But whoever confesses and abandons them will be shown mercy.+ 14  Happy is the man who is always on guard,*
But whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.+
15  Like a growling lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.+
16  A leader without discernment abuses his power,+ But the one hating dishonest profit will prolong his life.+ 17  A man burdened with bloodguilt for taking someone’s life* will keep fleeing until the grave.*+ Let no one support him. 18  The one walking faultlessly will be saved,+ But the one whose ways are crooked will suddenly fall.+ 19  The one cultivating his ground will have plenty of bread,
But the one taking up worthless pursuits will have his fill of poverty.+
20  A faithful man will receive many blessings,+ But the one hastening to get rich will not remain innocent.+ 21  It is not good to show partiality;+ But a man might do wrong for a piece of bread. 22  An envious* man is eager for wealth,
Not knowing that poverty will overtake him.
23  Whoever reproves a man+ will afterward find more favor+ Than someone who flatters with his tongue. 24  Whoever robs his father and mother and says, “It is not wrong,”+ Is a partner of the man who causes ruin.+ 25  The greedy person* stirs up dissension,
But whoever relies on Jehovah will prosper.*+
26  Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid,+ But the one who walks in wisdom will escape.+ 27  Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,+ But the one who closes his eyes to them will receive many curses. 28  When the wicked rise to power, a man hides himself,
But when they perish, the righteous increase.+


Or “a young lion.”
Or “revolt.”
Lit., “he.”
Or “who is never without fear.”
Or “with the blood of a soul.”
Or “pit.”
Or “greedy.”
Or possibly, “The arrogant soul.”
Lit., “will be made fat.”