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28 The awicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
3 bA poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain 1which leaves no food.
4 cThose who forsake the law praise the wicked,
dBut such as keep the law contend with them.
5 eEvil men do not understand justice,
But fthose who seek the Lord understand all.
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
gEven his prayer is an abomination.
10 hWhoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
iBut the blameless will inherit good.
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great jglory;
But when the wicked arise, men 2hide themselves.
13 kHe who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 lLike a roaring lion and a charging bear
mIs a wicked ruler over poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great noppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17 oA man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be 3saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 pHe who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
qBut he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
sBecause for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
And does not consider that tpoverty will come upon him.
23 uHe who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same vis companion to a destroyer.
25 wHe who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
xBut he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.
26 He who ytrusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
27 zHe who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked arise, amen hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.
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