The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
A land in rebellion has many rulers,
but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
A destitute leader who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no food.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law resist them.
Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD comprehend fully.
Better a poor man who walks with integrity
than a rich man whose ways are perverse.
A discerning son keeps the law,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury
lays it up for one who is kind to the poor.
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law,
even his prayer is detestable.
He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will inherit what is good.
A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man with discernment sees through him.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
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