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
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
but such as keep the law contend with
5 Evil men understand not judgment:
but they that seek the LORD understand
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his
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
11 The rich man is wise in his own
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
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
so is a wicked ruler over the poor
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
let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be
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
but he that maketh haste to be rich
shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not
for for a piece of bread that man will
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an
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
It is no transgression;
the same is the companion of a
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth
but he that putteth his trust in the
LORD shall be made fat.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is
but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall
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.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible,
King James Version of 1611