The Proverbs

Chapter 28

General observations of impiety and religious integrity, 1-28.

1 The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 For the transgression of a land many are its princes, but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law contend with them.

5 Evil men do not understand judgment, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.

6 Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness, than the rich who is perverse in his ways.

7 He who keeps the law is a wise son, but he who is a companion of riotous men shames his father.

8 He who by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him who will pity the poor.

9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.

10 Whoever causes the righteous to go astray in an evil way shall fall himself into his own pit, but the upright shall have good things in possession.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but the poor man who has understanding searches him out.

12 When righteous men rejoice, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

13 He who covers his sins shall not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

14 Happy is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

15 As a roaring lion and a hungry bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

16 The prince who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness shall prolong his days.

17 A man who does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit. Let no man stay him.

18 He who walks uprightly shall be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

19 He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who follows after vain persons shall be filled with poverty.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

21 To have respect of persons is not good, because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22 He who hastes to be rich has an evil eye and does not consider that poverty shall come upon him.

23 He who rebukes a man afterward shall find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.

24 He who robs his father or his mother, and says, "It is no transgression," the same is the companion of a destroyer.

25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

27 He who gives to the poor shall lack nothing, but he who hides his eyes shall have many curses.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Commentary

Matthew Henry Commentary - Proverbs, Chapter 28

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