Various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.
1 The 1wicked flee when no man pursueth: but 2the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For 1the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: 2but aby a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A 1poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain awhich leaveth no food.
4 They 1that forsake the law 2praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 1Evil men understand not judgment: but 2they that seek the Lord understand all things.
6 1Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 1Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: 2but he that ais a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 He 1that aby usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He 1that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, 2even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 1Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but 2the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The 1rich man is wise ain his own conceit; but 2the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 1When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is ahidden.
13 He 1that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 1Happy is the man that feareth alway: 2but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 as 1a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The 1prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but 2he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A 1man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 1Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He 1that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A 1faithful man shall abound with blessings: 2but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be ainnocent.
21 To 1have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 aHe that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, 1and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 1He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso 1robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of aa destroyer.
25 He 1that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: 2but he that putteth his trust in the Lord 3shall be made fat.
26 He 1that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: 2but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He 1that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 1When the wicked rise, men 2hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.