1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, ¶ but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, ¶ but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
3 A ruler [^1] who oppresses the poor ¶ is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, ¶ but those who heed it resist them.
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right, ¶ but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless ¶ than the rich whose ways are perverse.
7 A discerning son heeds instruction, ¶ but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor ¶ amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, ¶ even their prayers are detestable.
10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path ¶ will fall into their own trap, ¶ but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; ¶ one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; ¶ but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, ¶ but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, ¶ but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear ¶ is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, ¶ but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder ¶ will seek refuge in the grave; ¶ let no one hold them back.
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, ¶ but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit. [^2]
19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, ¶ but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed, ¶ but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good — ¶ yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 The stingy are eager to get rich ¶ and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor ¶ rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
24 Whoever robs their father or mother ¶ and says, "It's not wrong," ¶ is partner to one who destroys.
25 The greedy stir up conflict, ¶ but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, ¶ but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, ¶ but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; ¶ but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.