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Wicked and the Righteous Contrasted

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bolde as a lyon.

2 For the transgression of a land, many are the princes thereof: but by a man of vnderstanding and knowledge the state thereof shall bee prolonged.

3 A poore man that oppresseth the poore, is like a sweeping raine which leaueth no food.

4 They that forsake the law, praise the wicked: but such as keepe the Law, contend with them.

5 Euill men vnderstand not iudgement: but they that seeke the Lord, vnderstand all things.

6 Better is the poore that walketh in his vprightnesse, then he that is peruerse in his wayes, though he be rich.

7 Whoso keepeth the law, is a wise sonne: but he that is a companion of riotous men, shameth his father.

8 He that by vsurie and vniust gaine increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that wil pity the poore.

9 He that turneth away his eare from hearing the law, euen his prayer shalbe abomination.

10 Who so causeth the righteous to goe astray in an euill way, he shall fall himselfe into his owne pit: but the vpright shall haue good things in possession.

11 The rich man is wise in his owne conceit: but the poore that hath vnderstanding searcheth him out.

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

13 He that couereth his sinnes, shall not prosper: but who so confesseth and forsaketh them, shall haue mercie.

14 Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart, shall fall into mischiefe.

15 As a roaring lyon and a ranging beare: so is a wicked ruler ouer the poore people.

16 The prince that wanteth vnderstanding, is also a great oppressour: but he that hateth couetousnesse, shall prolong his dayes.

17 A man that doth violence to the blood of any person, shall flie to the pit, let no man stay him.

18 Whoso walketh vprightly, shall be saued: but he that is peruerse in his wayes, shall fall at once.

19 He that tilleth his land, shal haue plentie of bread: but he that followeth after vaine persons, shall haue pouerty enough.

20 A faithfull man shall abound with blessings: but hee that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.

21 To haue respect of persons, is not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgresse.

22 He that hasteth to bee rich, hath an euill eye, and considereth not that pouerty shall come vpon him.

23 He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall find more fauour, then he that flattereth with the tongue.

24 Who so robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, it is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.

25 He that is of a proud heart, stirreth vp strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord, shalbe made fat.

26 Hee that trusteth in his owne heart, is a foole: but who so walketh wisely, he shall be deliuered.

27 He that giueth vnto the poore, shall not lacke: but he that hideth his eyes, shall haue many a curse.

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

Chap 29

1 He that being often reproued, hardeneth his necke, shal suddenly be destroied, and that without remedy.

2 When the righteous are in authoritie, the people reioyce: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourne.

3 Whoso loueth wisedome, reioyceth his father: but hee that keepeth company with harlots, spendeth his substance.

4 The king by iudgement stablisheth the land: but he that receiueth gifts, ouerthroweth it.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour, spreadeth a net for his feet.

6 In the transgression of an euill man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and reioyce.

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poore: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

8 Scornefull men bring a citie into a snare: but wise men turne away wrath.

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether hee rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirstie hate the vpright: but the iust seeke his soule.

11 A foole vttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his seruants are wicked.

13 The poore and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lightneth both their eyes.

14 The King that faithfully iudgeth the poore, his throne shall be established for euer.

15 The rod and reproofe giue wisedome: but a child left to himselfe bringeth his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

17 Correct thy sonne, and hee shall giue thee rest: yea he shall giue delight vnto thy soule.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the Law, happy is he.

19 A seruant will not be corrected by words: for though hee vnderstand, hee will not answere.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a foole then of him.

21 He that delicately bringeth vp his seruant from a child, shall haue him become his sonne at the length.

22 An angry man stirreth vp strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23 A mans pride shall bring him lowe: but honour shall vpholde the humble in spirit.

24 Who so is partner with a thiefe, hateth his owne soule: hee heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

25 The feare of man bringeth a snare: but who so putteth his trust in the Lord, shall be safe.

26 Many seeke the rulers fauour, but euery mans iudgement commeth from the Lord.

27 An vniust man is an abomination to the iust: and he that is vpright in the way, is abomination to the wicked.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

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