1Every wicked fleeth when no man pursueth; but the righteous are like the confident young lion.
2When there is transgression in a land, it hath many for its princes; but under a man of understanding and knowledge its prosperity will long continue.
3A poor man that oppresseth the indigent is like a sweeping rain which bringeth no bread.
4They that forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as observe the law contend with them.
5Bad men understand not justice; but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
6Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7Whoso keepeth the law is an intelligent son; but he that is a companion of gluttons bringeth dishonor on his father.
8He that increaseth his wealth by interest and usury will gather it for him that will be kind to the poor.
9When one turneth away his ear so as not to listen to the law, even his prayer becometh an abomination.
10Whoso causeth the upright to go astray on an evil way, will surely fall into his own ditch; but the men of integrity will inherit what is good.
11The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the indigent that hath understanding can search him through.
12When the righteous exult, there is great splendor; but when the wicked rise up, a man hath to be sought for.
13He that concealeth his transgressions will not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them will obtain mercy.
14Happy is the man that always dreadeth to do evil; but he that hardeneth his heart will fall into unhappiness.
15As a roaring lion, and a greedy bear, so is a wicked ruler over an indigent people.
16The prince that is void of understanding is also a great oppressor; but he that hateth unjust gain will prolong his days.
17A man oppressed by the load of having shed human blood will flee even to the pit: let no man hold him.
18Whoso walketh in integrity will be saved; but he that walketh perversely on two paths, will fall on one.
19He that tilleth his ground will have plenty of bread; but he that runneth after idle persons will have enough of poverty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
21To have respect to persons is not good; because even for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
22He that is eager for wealth is a man of an evil eye, and he knoweth not that want will come upon him.
23He that reproveth a man after my example will obtain more grace than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, it is no transgression,—the same is a companion of a destroyer.
25He that hath an insatiable desire stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord will be abundantly gratified.
26He that trusteth in his own sense is a fool; but whoso walketh in wisdom, will ever escape.
27He that giveth unto the poor will not have any want; but he that hideth his eyes will have an abundance of curses.
28When the wicked rise, men conceal themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.