Proverbs 28:1-28 NIV

Proverbs 28:1-28 NIV [1] The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. [2] When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order. [3] A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. [4] Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them. [5] Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully. [6] Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. [7] A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father. [8] Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. [9] If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable. [10] Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance. [11] The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are. [12] When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding. [13] Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. [14] Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. [15] Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. [16] A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign. [17] Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back. [18] The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit. [19] Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. [20] A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. [21] To show partiality is not good-yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread. [22] The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them. [23] Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue. [24] Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys. [25] The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper. [26] Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. [27] Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. [28] When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

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