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Proverbs 28 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion
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 - Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:3 - A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:4 - Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But such as keep the law contend with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:5 - Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the LORD understand all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:6 - Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:7 - Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:8 - One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:9 - One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:10 - Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
But the blameless will inherit good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:11 - The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:12 - When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory;
But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:13 - He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:14 - Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:15 - Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over poor people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:16 - A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:18 - Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:19 - He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:20 - A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:21 - To show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:22 - A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:23 - He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:24 - Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same is companion to a destroyer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:25 - He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:26 - He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:27 - He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:28 - When the wicked arise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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