Amplified Bible

Proverbs 28

Warnings and Instructions

1The wicked flee when no one pursues them,
But the righteous are as bold as a lion.

When a land does wrong, it has many princes,
But when the ruler is a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability endures.

A poor man who oppresses and exploits the lowly
Is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

Those who [a]set aside the law [of God and man] praise the wicked,
But those who keep the law [of God and man] struggle with them.

Evil men do not understand justice,
But they who long for and seek the Lord understand it fully.

Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is crooked and two-faced though he is rich.

He who keeps the law [of God and man] is a wise and discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father [and himself].

He who increases his wealth by interest and usury (excessive interest)
Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

He who turns his ear away from listening to the law [of God and man],
Even his prayer is repulsive [to God].
10 
He who leads the upright astray on an evil path
Will himself fall into his own pit,
But the blameless will inherit good.
11 
The rich man [who is conceited and relies on his wealth instead of God] is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor man who has understanding [because he relies on God] is able to see through him.
12 
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration;
But when the wicked rise [to prominence], men hide themselves.
13 
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and [b]turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy.
14 
Blessed and favored by God is the man who fears [sin and its consequence] at all times,
But he who hardens his heart [and is determined to sin] will fall into disaster.
15 
Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 
A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding and common sense [and his wickedness shortens his days],
But he who hates unjust gain will [be blessed and] prolong his days.
17 
A man who is burdened with the guilt of human blood (murder)
Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him or give him refuge.
18 
He who walks blamelessly and uprightly will be kept safe,
But he who is crooked (perverse) will suddenly fall.
19 
He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows worthless people and frivolous pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 
A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings,
But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 
To have regard for one person over another and to show favoritism is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 
He who has an evil and envious eye hurries to be rich
And does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 
He who [appropriately] reprimands a [wise] man will afterward find more favor
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 
He who robs his father or his mother
And says, “This is no sin,”
Is [not only a thief but also] the companion of a man who destroys.
25 
An arrogant and greedy man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be blessed and prosper.
26 
He who trusts confidently in his own heart is a [dull, thickheaded] fool,
But he who walks in [skillful and godly] wisdom will be rescued.
27 
He who gives to the poor will never want,
But he who shuts his eyes [from their need] will have many curses.
28 
When the wicked rise [to power], men hide themselves;
But when the wicked perish, the [consistently] righteous increase and become great.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 28:4 Lit forsake.
  2. Proverbs 28:13 Lit forsakes.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

箴言 28

1惡人未被追趕也逃竄,
    義人坦然無懼如雄獅。
國中有罪,君王常換;
    國有哲士,長治久安。
窮人[a]欺壓貧民,
    如暴雨沖毀糧食。
背棄律法的稱讚惡人,
    遵守律法的抗拒惡人。
邪惡之人不明白公義,
    尋求耶和華的全然明白。
行為正直的窮人,
    勝過行事邪僻的富人。
遵守律法的是智慧之子,
    與貪食者為伍令父蒙羞。
人放高利貸牟利,
    等於為扶貧者積財。
人若不聽從律法,
    他的禱告也可憎。
10 引誘正直人走邪道,
    必掉進自己設的陷阱;
    但純全無過的人必承受福分。
11 富人自以為有智慧,
    卻被明智的窮人看透。
12 義人得勝,遍地歡騰;
    惡人當道,人人躲藏。
13 自掩其罪,必不亨通;
    痛改前非,必蒙憐憫。
14 敬畏上帝必蒙福,
    頑固不化必遭禍。
15 暴虐的君王轄制窮人,
    如咆哮的獅、覓食的熊。
16 昏庸的君王殘暴不仁,
    恨不義之財的享長壽。
17 背負血債者必終生逃亡,
    誰也不要幫他。
18 純全無過的必蒙拯救,
    行為邪僻的轉眼滅亡。
19 勤奮耕耘,豐衣足食;
    追求虛榮,窮困潦倒。
20 忠信的人必大蒙祝福,
    急於發財的難免受罰。
21 徇私偏袒實不可取,
    人卻為一餅而枉法。
22 貪婪的人急於發財,
    卻不知貧窮即將臨到。
23 責備人的至終比諂媚者更受愛戴。
24 竊取父母之財而不知罪者與匪類無異。
25 貪得無厭的人挑起紛爭,
    信靠耶和華的富足昌盛。
26 愚人心中自以為是,
    憑智慧行事的平安穩妥。
27 賙濟窮人的一無所缺,
    視而不見的多受咒詛。
28 惡人當道,人人躲藏;
    惡人滅亡,義人增多。

Notas al pie

  1. 28·3 窮人」有些抄本作「暴君」。