1: The wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2: In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.
3: A needy man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.
4: Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but those who keep the law contend with them.
5: Evil men don't understand justice; but those who seek Yahweh understand it fully.
6: Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.
7: Whoever keeps the law is a wise son; but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8: He who increases his wealth by excessive interest gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.
9: He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10: Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he will fall into his own trap; but the blameless will inherit good.
11: The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.
12: When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
13: He who conceals his sins doesn't prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14: Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
15: As a roaring lion or a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over helpless people.
16: A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days.
17: A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; no one will support him.
18: Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe; but one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.
19: One who works his land will have an abundance of food; but one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
20: A faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
21: To show partiality is not good; yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22: A stingy man hurries after riches, and doesn't know that poverty waits for him.
23: One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue.
24: Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "It's not wrong." He is a partner with a destroyer.
25: One who is greedy stirs up strife; but one who trusts in Yahweh will prosper.
26: One who trusts in himself is a fool; but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
27: One who gives to the poor has no lack; but one who closes his eyes will have many curses.
28: When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous thrive.