New English Translation
1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, but the righteous person is as confident as a lion.
2 When a country is rebellious it has many princes, but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable order is maintained.
3 A poor person who oppresses the weak is like a driving rain without food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
6 A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.
7 The one who keeps the law is a discerning child, but a companion of gluttons brings shame to his parents.
8 The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest gathers it for someone who is gracious to the needy.
9 The one who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10 The one who leads the upright astray in an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
11 A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.
12 When the righteous rejoice, great is the glory, but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out.
13 The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who is always cautious, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into evil.
15 Like a roaring lion or a roving bear, so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom, but the one who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 The one who is tormented by the murder of another will flee to the pit; let no one support him.
18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverse in his ways will fall at once.
19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food, but whoever chases daydreams will have his fill of poverty.
20 A faithful person will have an abundance of blessings, but the one who hastens to gain riches will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is terrible, for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread.
22 The stingy person hastens after riches and does not know that poverty will overtake him.
23 The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the tongue.
24 The one who robs his father and mother and says, "There is no transgression," is a companion to the one who destroys.
25 The greedy person stirs up dissension, but the one who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
26 The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.
27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them will receive many curses.
28 When the wicked gain control, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
King James Version
1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
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.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
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.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.