Proverbs 28

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 The a wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
3 b A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain 1 which leaves no food.
4 c Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
d But such as keep the law contend with them.
5 e Evil men do not understand justice,
But f those who seek the LORD understand all.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
g Even his prayer is an abomination.
10 h Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
i But the blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great j glory;
But when the wicked arise, men 2 hide themselves.
13 k He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
14 Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 l Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
m Is a wicked ruler over poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great n oppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17 o A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be 3 saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 p He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
q But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 r To 4 show partiality is not good,
s Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that t poverty will come upon him.
23 u He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, "It is no transgression,"
The same v is companion to a destroyer.
25 w He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
x But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.
26 He who y trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
27 z He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked arise, a men 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 defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.
    Leviticus 26:36
    And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.
    Psalms 53:5
    There they are in great fear Where no fear was, For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you; You have put them to shame, Because God has despised them.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 18:28
    "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 49:18
    Though while he lives he blesses himself (For men will praise you when you do well for yourself).
    Romans 1:32
    Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
  4. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:18
    And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, b...
    Nehemiah 13:11
    So I contended with the rulers, and said, "Why ...
    Nehemiah 13:15
    In those days I saw people in Judah treading wi...
    Matthew 3:7
    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Saddu...
    Matthew 14:4
    Because John had said to him, "It is not lawful...
    Ephesians 5:11
    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful work...
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 92:6
    A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.
    Isaiah 6:9
    And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.
    Isaiah 44:18
    They do not know nor understand; For He has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, And their hearts, so that they cannot understand.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 119:100
    I understand more than the ancients, Because I ...
    Proverbs 2:9
    Then you will understand righteousness and just...
    John 17:17
    Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
    1 Corinthians 2:15
    But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet ...
    1 John 2:20
    But you have an anointing from the Holy One, an...
    1 John 2:27
    But the anointing which you have received from ...
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 66:18
    If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
    Psalms 109:7
    When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
    Proverbs 15:8
    The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 7:15
    He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
    Proverbs 26:27
    Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
    Hebrews 6:12
    That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
    1 Peter 3:9
    Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:10
    When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
    Proverbs 29:2
    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 32:3 - 5
    When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.
    1 John 1:8 - 10
    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:12
    The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
    1 Peter 5:8
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 1:14
    And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage - in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
    Proverbs 29:2
    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
    Matthew 2:16
    Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
  14. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 10:16
    Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, And your princes feast in the morning!
    Isaiah 3:12
    As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.
  15. Cross References
    Genesis 9:6
    Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
  16. Cross References
    Proverbs 12:11
    He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
    Proverbs 20:13
    Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
  17. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:11
    Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.
    Proverbs 20:21
    An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.
    Proverbs 23:4
    Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
    1 Timothy 6:9
    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:5
    It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
  19. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:19
    "And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?"
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 21:5
    The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:5
    Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed.
    Proverbs 27:6
    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
  22. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:9
    He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
  23. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:10
    By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.
  24. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:25
    The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
    1 Timothy 6:6
    Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
  25. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:5
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.
  26. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 15:7
    If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother.
    Proverbs 19:17
    He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
    Proverbs 22:9
    He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.
  27. Cross References
    Job 24:4
    They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.
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