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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 28

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1 The wicked flee when none pursueth: but the righteous are bolde as a lyon.

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2 For the transgression of the land there are many princes thereof: but by a man of vnderstanding and knowledge a realme likewise endureth long.

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3 A poore man, if he oppresse the poore, is like a raging raine, that leaueth no foode.

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4 They that forsake the Law, prayse the wicked: but they that keepe the Law, set themselues against them.

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5 Wicked men vnderstand not iudgemnt: but they that seeke the Lord vnderstand all things.

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6 Better is the poore that walketh in his vprightnesse, then hee that peruerteth his wayes, though he be riche.

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7 He that keepeth the Law, is a childe of vnderstanding: but hee that feedeth the gluttons, shameth his father.

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8 He that increaseth his riches by vsurie and interest, gathereth them for him that will be mercifull vnto the poore.

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9 He that turneth away his eare from hearing the Law, euen his prayer shalbe abominable.

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10 He that causeth the righteous to go astray by an euill way, shall fall into his owne pit, and the vpright shall inherite good things.

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11 The riche man is wise in his owne conceite: but the poore that hath vnderstanding, can trie him.

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12 When righteous men reioyce, there is great glory: but when the wicked come vp, the man is tried.

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13 He that hideth his sinnes, shall not prosper: but he that confesseth, and forsaketh them, shall haue mercy.

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14 Blessed is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart, shall fall into euill.

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15 As a roaring lyon, and an hungry beare, so is a wicked ruler ouer the poore people.

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16 A prince destitute of vnderstanding, is also a great oppressour: but hee that hateth couetousnes, shall prolong his dayes.

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17 A man that doeth violence against the blood of a person, shall flee vnto the graue, and they shall not stay him.

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18 He that walketh vprightly, shalbe saued: but he that is froward in his wayes, shall once fall.

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19 He that tilleth his land, shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth the idle, shall be filled with pouertie.

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20 A faythfull man shall abound in blessings, and he that maketh haste to be riche, shall not be innocent.

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

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22 A man with a wicked eye hasteth to riches, and knoweth not, that pouertie shall come vpon him.

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23 He that rebuketh a man, shall finde more fauour at length, then he that flattereth with his tongue.

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24 Hee that robbeth his father and mother, and sayth, It is no transgression, is the companion of a man that destroyeth.

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25 He that is of a proude heart, stirreth vp strife: but he that trusteth in the Lord, shall be fatte.

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

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

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28 When the wicked rise vp, men hide them selues: but when they perish, ye righteous increase.

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