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Proverbs 28 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:1 - The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
but the godly are as bold as lions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:2 - When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:3 - A poor person who oppresses the poor
is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:4 - To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
to obey the law is to fight them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:5 - Evil people don’t understand justice,
but those who follow the LORD understand completely.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:6 - Better to be poor and honest
than to be dishonest and rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:7 - Young people who obey the law are wise;
those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:8 - Income from charging high interest rates
will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:9 - God detests the prayers
of a person who ignores the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:10 - Those who lead good people along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,
but the honest will inherit good things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:11 - Rich people may think they are wise,
but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:12 - When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:13 - People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:14 - Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,[fn]
but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:15 - A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor
as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:16 - A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people,
but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave.
Don’t protect him!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:18 - The blameless will be rescued from harm,
but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:19 - A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:20 - The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,
but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:21 - Showing partiality is never good,
yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:22 - Greedy people try to get rich quick
but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:23 - In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
far more than flattery.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:24 - Anyone who steals from his father and mother
and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
is no better than a murderer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:25 - Greed causes fighting;
trusting the LORD leads to prosperity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:26 - Those who trust their own insight are foolish,
but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:27 - Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:28 - When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew their father.
Or those who fear the LORD; Hebrew reads those who fear.

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