He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury
Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
He who leads the upright astray in an evil way
Will himself fall into his own pit,
But the blameless will inherit good.
The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding [a]sees through him.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But when the wicked rise, men [b]hide themselves.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
How blessed is the man who fears always,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear
Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,
But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood
Will [c]be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.
- Proverbs 28:11 Lit examines him
- Proverbs 28:12 Lit will be searched for
- Proverbs 28:17 Lit flee to the pit