1 A wicked person flees when no one is pursuing,
but the righteous are confident like a lion.
2 On account of the transgression of the land, many are its rulers,
but by a person with understanding and knowledge order will be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresses the weak
is like a beating rain that does not leave food.
4 Those who abandon the Law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the Law contend against them.
5 Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who are seeking Yahweh will come to understand it all.
6 Better is a poor person walking in blamelessness
than a person walking on crooked roads, even though he is rich.
7 He who keeps the Law is a discerning son,
but he who associates with those who lack restraint brings shame upon his father.
8 The person who increases his wealth by interest and by profiteering
collects it for the one who shows favor to the poor.
9 The person who turns his ear away from listening to the Law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10 The person who leads the upright astray onto an evil road
will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will inherit a good thing.
11 A rich person is wise in his own eyes,
but the poor person with understanding sees right through him.
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great honor,
but when the wicked rise up, people hide.
13 The person who hides his transgressions will not prosper,
but the person who confesses and forsakes them will be shown mercy.
14 Blessed is the person who continually trembles before God,
but the one who hardens his heart will fall into evil.
15 A roaring lion and a charging bear
are like a wicked person ruling over a helpless people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding commits many extortions,
but the one who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 A person who is oppressed by shedding a person’s blood will flee until death;
do not let anyone support him.
18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered,
but the one who walks on crooked roads will fall suddenly.
19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food,
but the one who eagerly pursues worthless things will be “satisfied” with poverty.
20 A faithful person will have many blessings,
but the one who makes haste to get rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show favoritism is not good,
nevertheless, a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 A stingy persona makes haste toward wealth,
but he does not know that poverty will come to him.
23 One who reproves a person will find favor afterwards,
more than the person who flatters with the tongue.
24 The person who robs his father or his mother and says, “It is not a transgression,”
he is a friend of a person who causes destruction.
25 An arrogant soul stirs up strife,
but the person who trusts in Yahweh will be made prosperous.
26 The person who trusts in his own heart—he is a fool,
but the one who walks in wisdom—he will be delivered.
27 The person who gives to the poor will not be in need,
but the one who shuts his eyes will receive many curses.
28 When the wicked rise up, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.