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Proverbs 28 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

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When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

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A ruler[fn] who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

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Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

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Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

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Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

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A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

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Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

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If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

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Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

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The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

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When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

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Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

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Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

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Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

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A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

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Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

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The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.[fn]

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Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

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A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

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To show partiality is not good— yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

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The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

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The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

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Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

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Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

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When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
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