1 The wicked flee when no man pursues, But the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 When a land revolts, it has many rulers; But by him who has understanding and knowledge it endures.
3 A destitute man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek Jehovah understand all things.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in his ways though he is rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is an understanding son, But he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 He who increases his substance by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the perfect will inherit good.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit, But the poor man who has understanding searches him out.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13 He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who always fears, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion and a roving bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 The ruler who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 A man who is burdened with a person's blood Will be a fugitive until death; Let no man support him.
18 Whoever walks uprightly will be delivered, But he who is perverse in his ways will fall all at once.
19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To have respect of persons is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 A man who is envious hastens after wealth, And does not know that want will come upon him.
23 He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, It is no transgression, Is the companion of a man who destroys.
25 A greedy person stirs up contention, But he who trusts in Jehovah will prosper.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor man will not lack, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.