Passage: Proverbs 28, 29 (RSV)

Proverbs 28

1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2When a land transgresses it has many rulers; but with men of understanding and knowledge its stability will long continue.
3A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.
5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
6Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his ways.
7He who keeps the law is a wise son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8He who augments his wealth by interest and increase gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.
9If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10He who misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14Blessed is the man who fears the LORD always; but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor; but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17If a man is burdened with the blood of another, let him be a fugitive until death; let no one help him.
18He who walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit.
19He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To show partiality is not good; but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22A miserly man hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him.
23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
24He who robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is the companion of a man who destroys.
25A greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.
26He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27He who gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Proverbs 29

1He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but one who keeps company with harlots squanders his substance.
4By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it.
5A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
7A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
8Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath.
9If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
10Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless, and the wicked seek his life.
11A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established for ever.
15The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases; but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
18Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not give heed.
20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21He who pampers his servant from childhood, will in the end find him his heir.
22A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression.
23A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
25The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe.
26Many seek the favor of a ruler, but from the LORD a man gets justice.
27An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

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