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but the righteous are as bold as a lion.w
but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
3 A rulera who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
but those who heed it resist them.
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
than the rich whose ways are perverse.x
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.y
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interestz or profit from the poor
even their prayers are detestable.c
will fall into their own trap,d
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;e
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.f
13 Whoever conceals their sinsg does not prosper,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
will seek refugej in the grave;
let no one hold them back.
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,k
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.m
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.n
yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.q
and are unaware that poverty awaits them.r
rather than one who has a flattering tongue.s
24 Whoever robs their father or mothert
and says, “It’s not wrong,”
is partner to one who destroys.u
25 The greedy stir up conflict,v
but those who trust in the Lordw will prosper.
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,x
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.y
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,z
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.a
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;b
but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
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