1 The lawless, fleeth when no man pursueth, but, the righteous, like a lion, are confident.
1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
1 The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like a lion.
2 For the transgressions of a land, many are the rulers thereof, but, under an intelligent and discerning man, stability is prolonged.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
2 When a land transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.
3 A poor man, who oppresseth the helpless, is like a rain beating down, leaving no food.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
3 A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.
4 They who forsake instruction, praise one who is lawless, while, they who keep instruction, are at strife with them.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
4 Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.
5 Wicked men, consider not justice, but, they who seek Yahweh, consider everything.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
5 Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.
6 Better a poor man walking in his integrity, than one who is crooked - turning two ways, though, he, be rich.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
6 It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.
7 He that keepeth instruction, is a son with discernment, but, a companion of squanderers, bringeth shame to his father.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
7 Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to his father.
8 He that increaseth his substance by interest and profit, for one ready to favour the poor, doth gather it.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
8 Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing instruction, even his prayer, is an abomination.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
9 If someone quits listening to the Law even his prayer is detestable.
10 He that misguideth the upright into a hurtful way! into his own pit, he himself, shall fall, but, men of integrity, shall inherit good.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
10 Whoever misleads the upright along an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
11 Wise in his own eyes, is the man that is rich, but, a poor man of discernment, searcheth him out.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.
11 The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
12 In the exulting of the righteous, there is great glorying, but, when the lawless arise, a man must be sought for.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
12 When the righteous are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13 He that covereth his transgressions, shall not prosper, but, he that confesseth and forsaketh, shall find compassion.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
13 Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy.
14 How happy the man who is ever circumspect, whereas, he that hardeneth his heart, shall fall into calamity.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.
15 A growling lion, and a ranging bear, is a lawless ruler, over a poor people.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
15 A roaring lion and a charging bear that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.
16 A leader, may lack intelligence, yet abound in oppressions, The hater of greed, shall lengthen out days.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
16 A Commander-in-Chief who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.
17 A man oppressed with a person's blood, unto a pit, shall flee, let them not hold him back.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
17 A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.
18 He that walketh with integrity, shall be saved, but, he that is crooked, turning two ways, shall fall in one.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
18 Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.
19 He that tilleth his ground, shall have plenty of bread, but, he that pursueth empty-heads, shall have plenty of poverty.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
19 Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20 A man of fidelity, aboundeth in blessings, but, one hasting to be rich, shall not be held innocent.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
20 The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21 To take note of faces in judgment , is not good, and, for a bit of bread, a man will transgress.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
21 To show partiality isn't good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.
22 A man, hasting to be rich, hath an evil eye, and knoweth not when want may overtake him.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
22 The miser is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn't aware that poverty will catch up with him.
23 He that reproveth a man, shall, afterwards, find more, favour, than he that useth a flattering tongue.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.
24 He that robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression, companion, is he to one who wasteth.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
24 Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, "It's no sin," is a companion to someone who demolishes.
25 The ambitious in soul, stirreth up strife, but, he that trusteth in Yahweh, shall be enriched.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
25 An arrogant man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the LORD prospers.
26 He that trusteth his own heart, the same, is a dullard, but, he that walketh wisely, the same, shall be delivered.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
26 Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept safe.
27 One who giveth to the poor, shall have no want, but, he that hideth his eyes, shall receive many a curse.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.
28 When lawless men rise, a common man will hide himself, but, when they perish, righteous men multiply.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;But when they perish, the righteous increase.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
28 When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves, but when the wicked perish, the righteous increase.
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