Proverbs 28

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 c The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but d the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, e it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.
3 f A poor man who oppresses the poor
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law g praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law h strive against them.
5 Evil men i do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord j understand it completely.
6 k Better is a poor man who l walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is l crooked in his ways.
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but m a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 Whoever multiplies his wealth n by interest and profit 1
o gathers it for him who is p generous to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his q prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
r will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless s will have a goodly inheritance.
11 A rich man is wise in his t own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding u will find him out.
12 When v the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when w the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever x conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who y confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who z fears the Lord always,
but whoever a hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like b a roaring lion or c a charging bear
is d a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who e lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 If one is burdened with f the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death; 2
let no one help him.
18 g Whoever h walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 i Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich j will not go unpunished.
21 To show k partiality is not good,
but for l a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A m stingy man 3 n hastens after wealth
and does not know that o poverty will come upon him.
23 Whoever p rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than q he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, "That is no transgression,"
is r a companion to a man who destroys.
25 A greedy man s stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the Lord will t be enriched.
26 Whoever u trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever v gives to the poor will not want,
but he who w hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When x the wicked rise, y people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.

  1. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:17
    I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.
    Psalms 53:5
    There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
  2. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:8
    Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
    1 Samuel 17:32
    And David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 15:27
    Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him. And Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon.
    1 Kings 16:8 - 28
    In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah, and he reigned two years.
    2 Kings 15:8 - 15
    In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 18:28
    But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 10:3
    For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
    Romans 1:32
    Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
  6. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:18
    And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, b...
    1 Kings 18:21
    And Elijah came near to all the people and said...
    Nehemiah 13:11
    So I confronted the officials and said, "Why is...
    Nehemiah 13:15
    In those days I saw in Judah people treading wi...
    Matthew 3:7
    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Saddu...
    Matthew 14:4
    Because John had been saying to him, "It is not...
    Ephesians 5:11
    Take no part in the unfruitful works of darknes...
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 92:6
    The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
    John 12:39 - 40
    Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 119:100
    I understand more than the aged, for I keep you...
    John 7:17
    If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will k...
    1 Corinthians 2:15
    The spiritual person judges all things, but is ...
    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, wh...
    1 John 2:20
    But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and...
    1 John 2:27
    But the anointing that you received from him ab...
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:1
    Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:18
    Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:18
    Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:20
    Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat.
    Proverbs 29:3
    He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 22:25
    If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
    Leviticus 25:36
    Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.
  14. Cross References
    Job 27:17
    He may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 14:31
    Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 109:7
    When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin!
    Proverbs 15:8
    The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 7:15
    He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
  19. Cross References
    Proverbs 26:5
    Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
    Proverbs 26:16
    The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
  20. Cross References
    Job 13:9
    Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:10
    When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
  22. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:28
    When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
    Proverbs 29:2
    When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
    Ecclesiastes 10:5 - 6
    There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:
  23. Cross References
    Job 31:33
    If I have concealed my transgressions as others do by hiding my iniquity in my bosom.
    Psalms 32:3
    For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
    1 John 1:8 - 10
    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 32:5
    I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
    1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  25. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:17
    Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
    Isaiah 66:2
    All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
    Philippians 2:12
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 95:8
    Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness.
  27. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:12
    A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
    1 Peter 5:8
    Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
  28. Cross References
    2 Kings 2:24
    And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.
  29. Cross References
    Exodus 1:14
    And made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
    Exodus 1:16
    "When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live."
    Exodus 1:22
    Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.
    Matthew 2:16
    Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.
  30. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:32
    He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.
  31. Cross References
    Genesis 9:6
    Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
  32. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:23
    Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
    Proverbs 10:9
    Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
  33. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:6
    Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
  34. Cross References
    Proverbs 12:11
    Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
  35. Cross References
    Proverbs 16:5
    Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord ; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
  36. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:5
    It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.
  37. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:19
    You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die and keeping alive souls who should not live, by your lying to my people, who listen to lies.
  38. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:6
    Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies.
  39. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:20
    A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
  40. Cross References
    Proverbs 22:16
    Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
  41. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:5 - 6
    Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
  42. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:5
    A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
  43. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:9
    Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
  44. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:18
    A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
  45. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:25
    Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
    Proverbs 13:4
    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  46. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:18
    Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
  47. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:24
    One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
    Proverbs 19:17
    Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
  48. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:7
    A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
  49. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:12
    When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
  50. Cross References
    Job 24:4
    They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
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