28 The wicked do flee when there is no pursuer,+ but the righteous are like a young lion that is confident.+
2 Because of the transgression of a land many are its [successive] princes,+ but by a discerning man* having knowledge of right [the prince]* will remain long.+
3 An able-bodied man that is of little means and that is defrauding+ the lowly ones is as a rain that washes away so that there is no food.
4 Those who are leaving the law praise the wicked one,+ but those who are keeping the law excite themselves against them.+
5 Men given to badness cannot understand judgment, but those who are seeking Jehovah can understand everything.+
6 Better is the one of little means who is walking in his integrity than anyone crooked in [his] ways, although he is rich.+
7 An understanding son is observing the law,+ but one having companionship with gluttons humiliates his father.+
8 He that is multiplying his valuables by interest+ and usury collects them merely for the one showing favor to the lowly ones.+
9 He that is turning his ear away from hearing the law+—even his prayer is something detestable.+
10 He that is causing the upright ones to go astray+ into the bad way will himself fall into his own pit,+ but the faultless ones themselves will come into possession of good.+
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,+ but the lowly one who is discerning searches him through.+
12 When the righteous ones are exulting,+ there is abundant beauty; but when the wicked ones rise up, a man disguises himself.+
13 He that is covering over his transgressions will not succeed,+ but he that is confessing and leaving [them] will be shown mercy.+
14 Happy is the man that is feeling dread constantly,+ but he that is hardening his heart will fall into calamity.+
15 As a growling lion and an onrushing bear is a wicked ruler over a lowly people.+
16 A leader that is in want of true discernment is also abundant in fraudulent practices,+ but he that is hating unjust profit+ will prolong [his] days.
17 A man burdened with the bloodguilt for a soul will himself flee even to the pit.+ Let them not get hold of him.
18 He that is walking faultless will be saved,+ but he that is made crooked in [his] ways will fall at once.+
19 He that is cultivating his own ground will have his sufficiency of bread,+ and he that is pursuing valueless things will have his sufficiency of poverty.+
20 A man of faithful acts* will get many blessings,+ but he that is hastening to gain riches will not remain innocent.+
21 The showing of partiality* is not good,+ nor that an able-bodied man should transgress over a mere piece of bread.
22 A man of envious eye is bestirring himself after valuable things,+ but he does not know that want itself will come upon him.
23 He that is reproving a man+ will afterward find more favor than he will that is flattering with his tongue.*
24 He that is robbing his father and his mother+ and is saying: “It is no transgression,”+ is a partner of a man causing ruination.
25 He that is arrogant in soul stirs up contention,+ but he that is relying upon Jehovah will be made fat.+
26 He that is trusting in his own heart is stupid,+ but he that is walking in wisdom is the one that will escape.+
27 He that is giving to the one of little means will have no want,+ but he that is hiding his eyes will get many curses.+
28 When the wicked rise up, a man* conceals himself;+ but when they perish, the righteous become many.+