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¶ THE wicked flee when no man pursues them;
but the righteous are confident as a lion.
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Because of the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof;
but by righteous men who know justice the stability thereof shall be prolonged.
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¶ A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which is of no benefit.
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Those who forsake the law glory in wickedness;
but those who keep the law receive strength.
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Evil men do not understand justice;
but those who seek the LORD understand all good things.
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Better is the poor man walking in his uprightness than a rich man whose ways are perverse.
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¶ He who keeps the law is a wise son;
but he who is engaged in vanity shames his father.
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¶ He who increases his wealth by usury and unjust means shall leave it for him who is kind to the poor.
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¶ He who closes his ears from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
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¶ He who causes the righteous to go astray in an evil path shall fall himself into the pit;
but the upright shall inherit good things.
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¶ The rich man is wise in his own eyes;
but a poor man of understanding will reprove him.
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When righteous men are strong, there is a great glory;
but when the wicked rise to power, the glory diminishes.
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¶ He who hides his transgression shall not prosper;
but he who confesses his sins and forsakes them, God will have mercy upon him.
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Blessed is the man who is reverent always;
but he who hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.
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¶ As a roaring lion and a raging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor.
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¶ A ruler who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor;
but he who hates deceit shall prolong his life.
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¶ A man who is engaged in shedding of blood shall flee even to the jailer, and no one shall help him.
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¶ He who walks uprightly shall be saved;
but he who is perverse in his ways shall fall into a pit.
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¶ He who tills the land shall have abundance of bread;
but he who follows after vain pursuits shall have plenty of poverty.
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¶ A faithful man shall abound with blessings;
but an evil man shall not be innocent.
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¶ A man who shows partiality is not good;
for a piece of bread a man will become a traitor.
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¶ He who hastens to be rich has an evil eye and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.
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¶ He who rebukes a man shall find more favor afterwards than he who flatters with his tongue.
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¶ He who robs his father or his mother and says, It is no transgression, the same is the companion of a wicked man.
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¶ A greedy man stirs up strife;
but he who puts his trust in the LORD shall be enriched.
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¶ He who trusts in his own heart is a fool;
but he who walks with integrity will be delivered.
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¶ He who gives to the poor shall not lack;
but he who turns his eyes away from the needy shall have many a curse.
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When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
but when they perish, the righteous increase.