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Proverbs 28:1-28

28  Wrong-doers run with nobody chasing them, but an honest man is as fearless as a two-year-old lion. 2  By demoralization in a country dissensions are numerous, but a sagacious man will extinguish them. 3**  Aggrandizement of a chief and no rights for poor men is a pounding rain and no crop. 4  Men who give up sound doctrine praise wrong-doers, but men who are careful of sound doctrine oppose them. 5  Bad men have no insight into justice, but those who seek Jehovah have insight into everything. 6  Better a poor man leading a conscientious life than a man of crooked courses, he being rich. 7  One who keeps sound doctrine is a sensible son, but one who cultivates gormandizers humiliates his father. 8  One who increases his capital by interest and bonus is gathering for one who will do favors for poor men. 9  If one takes his ear away from hearing sound doctrine his very prayer is an abomination. 10  One who misleads upright men into a bad course will himself fall into his pitfall, but conscientious men will come in for good. 11  A rich man thinks he is wise, but an intelligent poor man will see through him. 12  When honest men are celebrating a triumph plenty of finery is on parade; But when rogues come to the top people wear old clothes. 13  One who is covering up his offenses will not succeed; but one who acknowledges them and leaves them off will meet with clemency. 14*  Happy a man who is always apprehensive; but one who stiffens up his heart will fall into disaster. 15  An unscrupulous ruler over a poor people is a growling lion and a ravenous bear. 16**  A regent who is deficient in insight will be plentiful in injustices; but one who hates jobbery will have a long life. 17  A man outlawed for bloodshed is to be a fugitive till he comes to the Pit; they are not to hold him up. 18*  One who walks conscientiously will be saved, but a man of crooked courses will fall into a pitfall. 19  One who works his ground will have plenty of bread; but one who runs after unpractical things will have plenty of poverty. 20  A man of faithful dealing will have many blessings, but one who is in a hurry to get rich will not be held innocent. 21  Favoritism is not a good thing, and a man may offend on account of a bit of bread. 22  A stingy man is absorbed in property and does not know it is want that is coming to him. 23  One who reproves men will subsequently find more gratitude than a smooth-tongued person. 24  One who steals from his father and mother and says it is no crime is a mate for a ravager. 25  A man of excessive appetite starts quarrels, but one who trusts in Jehovah will be given plenty of oil. 26*  One who trusts to his own ideas is a fool, but one who goes by wisdom will come off safe. 27  He who gives to the poor man has no shortage; but he who ignores him has plenty of curses. 28  When rogues come to the top, people take cover; but when they perish, honest men grow plentiful.

Footnotes

28:3 Codd. A man who is poor and refuses their rights to poor men
28:3 Lit. and no bread
28:14 Or who always stands in fear
28:16 Susp.
28:16 Or a long lease of power Lit. long days
28:18 Var. will fall once for all Var. will fall (without more words)
28:26 Lit. his own heart