- The wicked man flees although no one pursues him; but the just man, like a lion, feels sure of himself.
- 1 If a land is rebellious, its princes will be many; but with a prudent man it knows security.
- A rich man who oppresses the poor is like a devastating rain that leaves no food.
- 2 Those who abandon the law praise the wicked man, but those who keep the law war against him.
- Evil men understand nothing of justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.
- Better a poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich.
- He who keeps the law is a wise son, but the gluttons' companion disgraces his father.
- 3 He who increases his wealth by interest and overcharge gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.
- 4 When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
- He who seduces the upright into an evil way will himself fall into his own pit. (And blameless men will gain prosperity.)
- The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who is intelligent sees through him.
- When the just are triumphant, there is great jubilation; but when the wicked gain preeminence, people hide.
- He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy.
- Happy the man who is always on his guard; but he who hardens his heart will fall into evil.
- Like a roaring lion or a ravenous bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
- The less prudent the prince, the more his deeds oppress. He who hates ill-gotten gain prolongs his days.
- Though a man burdened with human blood were to flee to the grave, none should support him.
- He who walks uprightly is safe, but he whose ways are crooked falls into the pit.
- He who cultivates his land will have plenty of food, but from idle pursuits a man has his fill of poverty.
- The trustworthy man will be richly blessed; he who is in haste to grow rich will not go unpunished.
- To show partiality is never good: for even a morsel of bread a man may do wrong.
- The avaricious man is perturbed about his wealth, and he knows not when want will come upon him.
- He who rebukes a man gets more thanks in the end than one with a flattering tongue.
- He who defrauds father or mother and calls it no sin, is a partner of the brigand.
- The greedy man stirs up disputes, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
- He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is safe.
- He who gives to the poor suffers no want, but he who ignores them gets many a curse.
- When the wicked gain pre-eminence, other men hide; but at their fall the just flourish.
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Footnotes1 The meaning of this poorly preserved verse seems to be that frequent changes of rulers often result from moral corruption and political disorder.
2 The law: religious and moral teaching.
3 Interest and overcharge were strictly forbidden in the old law among Israelites because it was presumed that the borrower was in distress; cf Exodus 22:25; Lev 25:35-37; Deut 23:19; Psalm 15:5; Ezekial 18:8. Civil and divine law will take the offender's wealth from him.
4 Prayers offered in bad faith are displeasing to God.
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