The New King James Version

Proverbs 28:1–17

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28 The awicked flee when no one pursues,

But the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;

But by a man of understanding and knowledge

Right will be prolonged.

3 bA poor man who oppresses the poor

Is like a driving rain 1which leaves no food.

4 cThose who forsake the law praise the wicked,

dBut such as keep the law contend with them.

5 eEvil men do not understand justice,

But fthose who seek the Lord understand all.

6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity

Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,

But a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion

Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.

9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,

gEven his prayer is an abomination.

10 hWhoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,

He himself will fall into his own pit;

iBut the blameless will inherit good.

11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes,

But the poor who has understanding searches him out.

12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great jglory;

But when the wicked arise, men 2hide themselves.

13 kHe who covers his sins will not prosper,

But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

14 Happy is the man who is always reverent,

But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

15 lLike a roaring lion and a charging bear

mIs a wicked ruler over poor people.

16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great noppressor,

But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.

17 oA man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;

Let no one help him.

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