1 The wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
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 In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.
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 needy man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.
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 Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked; but those who keep the Law contend 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 Evil men do not understand justice; but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
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 is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is 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 Whoever keeps the Law is a wise son; but he who is a companion of gluttons shames 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 who increases his wealth by excessive interest gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.
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 who turns away his ear from hearing the Law, 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 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he will fall into his own trap; but the blameless will 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 The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.
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 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
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 who conceals his sins doesn't prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
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 Blessed is the man who is always reverent; but the one who hardens his heart will fall into evil.
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 As a roaring lion or a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over helpless 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 tyrannical ruler lacks judgment. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long 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 who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; no one will support him.
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 Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe; but one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.
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 One who works his land will have an abundance of food; but one who chases fantasies will have his fill 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 faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
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 show partiality is not good; yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
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 stingy man hurries after riches, and doesn't know that poverty waits for 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 One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the 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 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "It's not wrong." He is a partner with a destroyer.
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 One who is greedy stirs up strife; but one who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
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 One who trusts in himself is a fool; but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
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 gives to the poor has no lack; but one who closes his eyes will have many curses.
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 the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous thrive.
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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