28 1Sinners run away even when no one is chasing them. But those who do what is right are as bold as lions. 2A country has many rulers when its people don’t obey. But an understanding king knows how to keep order. 3A ruler who beats poor people down is like a pounding rain that leaves no crops. 4Those who turn away from the law praise sinners. But those who obey the law oppose them. 5Sinful men don’t understand what is fair. But those who worship the Lord understand it completely. 6It is better to be poor and live without blame than to be rich and follow a crooked path. 7A child who obeys the law understands what is right. But a child who likes to eat too much brings shame on his father. 8A person who increases his wealth by charging high interest piles it up for someone who will be kind to poor people. 9If you don’t pay attention to the law, even your prayers are hated. 10Those who lead honest people down an evil path will fall into their own trap. But those who are without blame will receive good things. 11Rich people may be wise in their own eyes. But a poor person who understands what is right knows what they are really like. 12When godly people win, everyone is very happy. But when sinners take charge, everyone hides. 13Anyone who hides his sins doesn’t succeed. But anyone who admits his sins and gives them up finds mercy. 14Blessed is the one who always has respect for the Lord. But anyone who is stubborn will get into trouble. 15An evil person who rules over helpless people is like a roaring lion or an angry bear. 16A ruler who is mean to his people doesn’t have any sense. But anyone who hates money gained in the wrong way will enjoy a long life. 17A man who is troubled because he is guilty of murder will be on the run until the day he dies. No one should give him any help. 18Anyone who lives without blame is kept safe. But anyone whose path is crooked will suddenly fall. 19Anyone who farms his land will have plenty of food. But anyone who chases dreams will be very poor. 20A faithful man will be richly blessed. But anyone who wants to get rich will be punished. 21Favoring one person over another is not good. But some men will do wrong for a piece of bread. 22A man who won’t share what he has wants to get rich. He doesn’t know he is going to be poor. 23It is better to warn a man than to pretend to praise him. In the end he will be more pleased with you. 24Anyone who steals from his parents and says, “It’s not wrong,” is just like a man who destroys. 25A person who always wants more stirs up fights. But anyone who trusts in the Lord will succeed. 26Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe. 27Those who give to poor people will have everything they need. But those who close their eyes to the poor will be under many curses. 28When those who are evil take charge, other people hide. But when those who are evil die, godly people grow stronger.
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