he wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous 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 oppresseth the poor is like a beating 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 understand not justice: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.
. .6 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, 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 gluttons shameth his father.
. .8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he
shall gather it for him that will be kind to the poor.
. .9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be an abomination.
. .10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he
shall fall himself into his own pit: but the blameless shall
have a goodly inheritance.
. .11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that
hath understanding findeth him out.
. .12 When righteous men do triumph, there is great glory: but when
the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
. .13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
. .14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his
heart shall fall into mischief.
. .15 As a roaring lion, and a rushing bear; so is a wicked ruler
over a poor people.
. .16 The prince that wanteth understanding is a great
oppressor: but he that hateth unjust gain shall prolong his
. .17 A man that is burdened with the blood of another person
be a fugitive until death; let no man help him.
. .18 Whoso walketh blamelessly 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 pursuits shall have poverty enough.
. .20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh
haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.
. .21 To show partiality is not good: for, for a piece of
bread a man will transgress.
. .22 He that is niggardly hasteth to be rich, and considereth
not that poverty shall come upon him.
. .23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than
he that flattereth 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 proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
. .26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh
wisely, he shall be delivered.
. .27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that
hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
. .28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they
perish, the righteous increase.