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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].
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.

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Proverbios 28

1El malvado huye aunque nadie lo persiga;
    pero el justo vive confiado como un león.

Cuando hay rebelión en el país,
    los caudillos se multiplican;
cuando el gobernante es entendido,
    se mantiene el orden.

El gobernante[a] que oprime a los pobres
    es como violenta lluvia que arrasa la cosecha.

Los que abandonan la ley alaban a los malvados;
    los que la obedecen luchan contra ellos.

Los malvados nada entienden de la justicia;
    los que buscan al Señor lo entienden todo.

Más vale pobre pero honrado
    que rico pero perverso.

El hijo entendido se sujeta a la ley;
    el derrochador deshonra a su padre.

El que amasa riquezas mediante la usura
    las acumula para el que se compadece de los pobres.

Dios aborrece hasta la oración
    del que se niega a obedecer la ley.

10 El que lleva a los justos por el mal camino
    caerá en su propia trampa;
    pero los íntegros heredarán el bien.

11 El rico se las da de sabio;
    el pobre pero inteligente lo desenmascara.

12 Cuando los justos triunfan, se hace gran fiesta;
    cuando los impíos se imponen, todo el mundo se esconde.

13 Quien encubre su pecado jamás prospera;
    quien lo confiesa y lo deja halla perdón.

14 ¡Dichoso el que siempre teme al Señor![b]
    Pero el obstinado caerá en la desgracia.

15 Un león rugiente, un oso hambriento,
    es el gobernante malvado que oprime a los pobres.

16 El gobernante falto de juicio es terrible opresor;
    el que odia las riquezas prolonga su vida.

17 El que es perseguido por[c] homicidio
    será un fugitivo hasta la muerte.
    ¡Que nadie le brinde su apoyo!

18 El que es honrado se mantendrá a salvo;
    el de caminos perversos caerá en la fosa.[d]
19 El que trabaja la tierra tendrá abundante comida;
    el que sueña despierto[e] solo abundará en pobreza.

20 El hombre fiel recibirá muchas bendiciones;
    el que tiene prisa por enriquecerse no quedará impune.

21 No es correcto mostrarse parcial con nadie.
    Hay quienes pecan hasta por un mendrugo de pan.

22 El tacaño ansía enriquecerse,
    sin saber que la pobreza lo aguarda.

23 A fin de cuentas, más se aprecia
    al que reprende que al que adula.

24 El que roba a su padre o a su madre,
    e insiste en que no ha pecado,
    amigo es de gente perversa.[f]

25 El que es ambicioso provoca peleas,
    pero el que confía en el Señor prospera.

26 Necio es el que confía en sí mismo;
    el que actúa con sabiduría se pone a salvo.

27 El que ayuda al pobre no conocerá la pobreza;
    el que le niega su ayuda será maldecido.

28 Cuando triunfan los impíos, la gente se esconde;
    cuando perecen, los justos prosperan.

Notas al pie

  1. 28:3 El gobernante (texto probable); El pobre (TM).
  2. 28:14 teme al Señor. Lit. teme.
  3. 28:17 El que es perseguido por. Alt. El que carga con la culpa de.
  4. 28:18 en la fosa (Siríaca); en uno (TM).
  5. 28:19 el que sueña despierto. Lit. el que persigue lo vacío; también en 12:11.
  6. 28:24 de gente perversa. Lit. del destructor.