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Proverbs 28 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:1 - The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:2 - When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:3 - A poor man who oppresses the poor
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:4 - Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:5 - Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:6 - Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:7 - The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:8 - Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit[fn]
gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:9 - If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:10 - Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:11 - A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:12 - When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:13 - Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:14 - Blessed is the one who fears the LORD[fn] always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:15 - Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:16 - A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - If one is burdened with the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death;[fn]
let no one help him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:18 - Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:19 - Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:20 - A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:21 - To show partiality is not good,
but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:22 - A stingy man[fn] hastens after wealth
and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:23 - Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with his tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:24 - Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, “That is no transgression,”
is a companion to a man who destroys.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:25 - A greedy man stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:26 - Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:27 - Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:28 - When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.
ESV Footnotes
That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor
Hebrew lacks the LORD
Hebrew until the pit
Hebrew A man whose eye is evil

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