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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].
He who leads the upright astray on an evil path
Will himself fall into his own pit,
But the blameless will inherit good.
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.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration;
But when the wicked rise [to prominence], men hide themselves.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and [b]turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy.
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.
Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
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.
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.
He who walks blamelessly and uprightly will be kept safe,
But he who is crooked (perverse) will suddenly fall.
He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows worthless people and frivolous pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings,
But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
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.
He who has an evil and envious eye hurries to be rich
And does not know that poverty will come upon him.
He who [appropriately] reprimands a [wise] man will afterward find more favor
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
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.
An arrogant and greedy man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be blessed and prosper.
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.
He who gives to the poor will never want,
But he who shuts his eyes [from their need] will have many curses.
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.

New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 28

1Sinners run away even when no one is chasing them.
    But those who do what is right are as bold as lions.

A country has many rulers when its people don’t obey.
    But an understanding ruler knows how to keep order.

A ruler who treats poor people badly
    is like a pounding rain that leaves no crops.

Those who turn away from instruction praise sinners.
    But those who learn from it oppose them.

Sinful people don’t understand what is right.
    But those who worship the Lord understand it completely.

It is better to be poor and live without blame
    than to be rich and follow a crooked path.

A child who understands what is right learns from instruction.
    But a child who likes to eat too much brings shame on his father.

Someone might get rich by taking interest or profit from poor people.
    But that person only piles up wealth for someone who will be kind to poor people.

If you don’t pay attention to my instruction,
    even your prayers are hated.

10 Those who lead honest people down an evil path
    will fall into their own trap.
But those who are without blame
    will receive good things.

11 Rich people may think they are wise.
    But a poor person with understanding knows that rich people are fooling themselves.

12 When godly people win, everyone is very happy.
    But when sinners take charge, everyone hides.

13 Anyone who hides their sins doesn’t succeed.
    But anyone who admits their sins and gives them up finds mercy.

14 Blessed is the one who always trembles in front of God.
    But anyone who makes their heart stubborn will get into trouble.

15 An evil person who rules over helpless people
    is like a roaring lion or an angry bear.

16 A ruler who is mean to his people takes money from them by force.
    But one who hates money gained in the wrong way will rule a long time.

17 Anyone troubled by the guilt of murder
    will seek to escape their guilt by death.
    No one should keep them from it.

18 Anyone who lives without blame is kept safe.
    But anyone whose path is crooked will fall into the pit.

19 Those who work their land will have plenty of food.
    But those who chase dreams will be very poor.

20 A faithful person will be richly blessed.
    But anyone who wants to get rich will be punished.

21 Favoring one person over another is not good.
    But a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 Those who won’t share what they have want to get rich.
    They don’t know they are going to be poor.

23 It is better to warn a person than to pretend to praise them.
    In the end that person will be more pleased with you.

24 Anyone who steals from their parents and says, “It’s not wrong,”
    is just like someone who destroys.

25 People who always want more stir up conflict.
    But those who trust in the Lord will succeed.

26 Those who trust in themselves are foolish.
    But those who live wisely are kept safe.

27 Those who give to poor people will have all they need.
    But those who close their eyes to the poor will receive many curses.

28 When those who are evil take charge, other people hide.
    But when those who are evil die, godly people grow stronger.