The one whose way of life is blameless is kept safe,
but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.[a]
Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
To show partiality is not good –
yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.
The stingy are eager to get rich
and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favour
rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
Whoever robs their father or mother
and says, ‘It’s not wrong,’
is partner to one who destroys.
The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
- Proverbs 28:18 Syriac (see Septuagint); Hebrew into one