1 The wicked [a]flee when none pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 For the transgression of the land [b]there are many princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge a realm likewise endureth long.

3 A poor man, if he oppress the poor, is like a raging rain that leaveth no food.

4 They that forsake the Law, praise the wicked: but they that keep the Law, set themselves against them.

5 Wicked men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord, understand all things.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that perverteth his ways, though he be rich.

7 He that keepeth the Law, is a child of understanding: but he that feedeth the gluttons, shameth his father.


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