1 The wicked run when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 There are many princes after the transgression of a land. But a man of understanding and knowledge remains for a long time.
3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain that leaves no food.
4 They who forsake the law praise the wicked. Those who obey the law oppose them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice. Those who seek Jehovah understand all things.
6 Better is the poor man who walks in uprightness, than the rich man who is perverse in his ways.
7 He who obeys the law is a wise son. But he who is a companion of worthless men shames his father.
8 He who becomes wealthy through unfair loans and interest collects them for the one who pitys the poor.
9 The prayer of the person who will not listen to the law is disgusting.
10 Whoever leads decent people into evil will fall into his own pit. Innocent people will inherit good things.
11 A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding, sees right through him.
12 When righteous people rejoice, there is great glory, but when wicked people rise, people hide themselves.
13 The man who covers his sins will not be blessed; but whoever confesses and leaves them will have mercy.
14 Blessed is the man reverencing God. He who hardens his heart will fall into trouble.
15 Like a roaring lion and a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the helpless people.
16 The ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor. He who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17 A violent and bloodthirsty man will run to the pit; let no man help him.
18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved: but he who is perverse in his ways will fall at once.
19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread. He who follows after vain persons will have poverty.
20 A faithful man will have many blessings. But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 It is not good to show partiality for a man will transgress for a piece of bread.
22 He who hurries to be rich has an evil eye. He does not think poverty will come to him.
23 He who reproves a man later find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or mother, and says: »It is no transgression;« the same is the companion of a man who destroys.
25 The person with a proud heart stirs up discord. The person who trusts Jehovah will prosper.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool. He who walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor will not lack. But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise people hide, but when they die, the righteous increase.