The wicked flee when no man pursues—Whoever walks uprightly will be saved—A faithful man will abound with blessings.
1 The wicked aflee when no man pursueth: but the brighteous are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that aoppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men aunderstand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his auprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of ariotous men bshameth his father.
8 He that by ausury and unjust gain bincreaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the alaw, even his bprayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall afall himself into his own bpit: but the upright shall have good cthings in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the apoor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When arighteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that acovereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso bconfesseth and cforsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that afeareth alway: but he that bhardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a aroaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth acovetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the ablood of any person shall bflee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso awalketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh ahaste to be brich shall not be innocent.
21 To have arespect of persons is not good: for for a bpiece of cbread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that arebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that bflattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a aproud heart stirreth up bstrife: but he that putteth his ctrust in the Lord shall be dmade fat.
26 He that atrusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that giveth unto the apoor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 When the awicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.