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