28:1The wicked flee when no man pursueth;
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
28:2For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof;
But by men of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
28:3A needy man that oppresseth the poor
Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
28:4They that forsake the law praise the wicked;
But such as keep the law contend with them.
28:5Evil men understand not justice;
But they that seek Jehovah understand all things.
28:6Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity,
Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
28:7Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son;
But he that is a companion of gluttons shameth his father.
28:8He that augmenteth his substance by interest and increase,
Gathereth it for him that hath pity on the poor.
28:9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
28:10Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He shall fall himself into his own pit;
But the perfect shall inherit good.
28:11The rich man is wise in his own conceit;
But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
28:12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory;
But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
28:13He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper:
But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.
28:14Happy is the man that feareth alway;
But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
28:15As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear,
So is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
28:16The prince that lacketh understanding is also a great oppressor;
But he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
28:17A man that is laden with the blood of any person
Shall flee unto the pit; let no man stay him.
28:18Whoso walketh uprightly shall be delivered;
But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
28:19He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread;
But he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
28:20A faithful man shall abound with blessings;
But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.
28:21To have respect of persons is not good;
Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.
28:22he that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches,
And knoweth not that want shall come upon him.
28:23He that rebuketh a man shall afterward find more favor
Than he that flattereth with the tongue.
28:24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression,
The same is the companion of a destroyer.
28:25He that is of a greedy spirit stirreth up strife;
But he that putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be made fat.
28:26He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool;
But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
28:27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack;
But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28:28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.
Righteousness, or the habit of thinking and doing right, exalts a nation and also an individual. To aspire to know the right and do it gives a consciousness of well-being that is not easily attained in any other way. Courage attends in right thinking and right doing, for those who so fortify themselves are “bold as a lion.” At the same time it has nothing to do with pride, that state which “goeth before a destruction” by making the one whom it possesses over-sure of himself in his personal strength.
- UNITY magazine.