Proverbs 28
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1  The wicked flee though no one gives chase, But the righteous are as confident as a lion.

א  נָסוּ וְאֵין־רֹדֵף רָשָׁע וְצַדִּיקִים כִּכְפִיר יִבְטָח׃

2  When there is rebellion in the land, many are its rulers; But with a man who has understanding and knowledge, stability will last.

ב  בְּפֶשַׁע אֶרֶץ רַבִּים שָׂרֶיהָ וּבְאָדָם מֵבִין יֹדֵעַ כֵּן יַאֲרִיךְ׃

3  A poor man who withholds what is due to the wretched Is like a destructive rain that leaves no food.

ג  גֶּבֶר רָשׁ וְעֹשֵׁק דַּלִּים מָטָר סֹחֵף וְאֵין לָחֶם׃

4  Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, But those who heed instruction fight them.

ד  עֹזְבֵי תוֹרָה יְהַלְלוּ רָשָׁע וְשֹׁמְרֵי תוֹרָה יִתְגָּרוּ בָם׃

5  Evil men cannot discern judgment, But those who seek Hashem discern all things.

ה  אַנְשֵׁי־רָע לֹא־יָבִינוּ מִשְׁפָּט וּמְבַקְשֵׁי יְהֹוָה יָבִינוּ כֹל׃

6  Better is a poor man who lives blamelessly Than a rich man whose ways are crooked.

ו  טוֹב־רָשׁ הוֹלֵךְ בְּתֻמּוֹ מֵעִקֵּשׁ דְּרָכַיִם וְהוּא עָשִׁיר׃

7  An intelligent son heeds instruction, But he who keeps company with gluttons disgraces his father.

ז  נוֹצֵר תּוֹרָה בֵּן מֵבִין וְרֹעֶה זוֹלְלִים יַכְלִים אָבִיו׃

8  He who increases his wealth by loans at discount or interest Amasses it for one who is generous to the poor.

mar-BEH ho-NO b’-NE-shekh v’-tar-BEET l’-kho-NAYN da-LEEM yik-b’-TZE-nu

ח  מַרְבֶּה הוֹנוֹ בְּנֶשֶׁךְ ובתרבית [וְתַרְבִּית] לְחוֹנֵן דַּלִּים יִקְבְּצֶנּוּ׃

28:8   Amasses it for one who is generous to the poor

Despite sayings to the contrary, sometimes it seems that the wicked do prosper. After all, if crime didn’t pay, nobody would bother to try. This concerned even the greatest of biblical personalities, such as Yirmiyahu, who asks, “Wherefore does the way of the wicked prosper?” (Jeremiah 12:1). However, King Shlomo reassures us, one who becomes rich through dishonest means merely accumulates the wealth for the benefit of the righteous, as Hashem will ensure it arrives in their possession in the end.1 comment

9  He who turns a deaf ear to instruction— His prayer is an abomination.

ט  מֵסִיר אָזְנוֹ מִשְּׁמֹעַ תּוֹרָה גַּם־תְּפִלָּתוֹ תּוֹעֵבָה׃

10  He who misleads the upright into an evil course Will fall into his own pit, But the blameless will prosper.

י  מַשְׁגֶּה יְשָׁרִים בְּדֶרֶךְ רָע בִּשְׁחוּתוֹ הוּא־יִפּוֹל וּתְמִימִים יִנְחֲלוּ־טוֹב׃

11  A rich man is clever in his own eyes, But a perceptive poor man can see through him.

יא  חָכָם בְּעֵינָיו אִישׁ עָשִׁיר וְדַל מֵבִין יַחְקְרֶנּוּ׃

12  When the righteous exult there is great glory, But when the wicked rise up men make themselves scarce.

יב  בַּעֲלֹץ צַדִּיקִים רַבָּה תִפְאָרֶת וּבְקוּם רְשָׁעִים יְחֻפַּשׂ אָדָם׃

13  He who covers up his faults will not succeed; He who confesses and gives them up will find mercy.

יג  מְכַסֶּה פְשָׁעָיו לֹא יַצְלִיחַ וּמוֹדֶה וְעֹזֵב יְרֻחָם׃

14  Happy is the man who is anxious always, But he who hardens his heart falls into misfortune.

יד  אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם מְפַחֵד תָּמִיד וּמַקְשֶׁה לִבּוֹ יִפּוֹל בְּרָעָה׃

15  A roaring lion and a prowling bear Is a wicked man ruling a helpless people.

טו  אֲרִי־נֹהֵם וְדֹב שׁוֹקֵק מֹשֵׁל רָשָׁע עַל עַם־דָּל׃

16  A prince who lacks understanding is very oppressive; He who spurns ill-gotten gains will live long.

טז  נָגִיד חֲסַר תְּבוּנוֹת וְרַב מַעֲשַׁקּוֹת שנאי [שֹׂנֵא] בֶצַע יַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים׃

17  A man oppressed by bloodguilt will flee to a pit; Let none give him support.

יז  אָדָם עָשֻׁק בְּדַם־נָפֶשׁ עַד־בּוֹר יָנוּס אַל־יִתְמְכוּ־בוֹ׃

18  He who lives blamelessly will be delivered, But he who is crooked in his ways will fall all at once.

יח  הוֹלֵךְ תָּמִים יִוָּשֵׁעַ וְנֶעְקַשׁ דְּרָכַיִם יִפּוֹל בְּאֶחָת׃

19  He who tills his land will have food in plenty, But he who pursues vanities will have poverty in plenty.

יט  עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע־לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵקִים יִשְׂבַּע־רִישׁ׃

20  A dependable man will receive many blessings, But one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.

כ  אִישׁ אֱמוּנוֹת רַב־בְּרָכוֹת וְאָץ לְהַעֲשִׁיר לֹא יִנָּקֶה׃

21  To be partial is not right; A man may do wrong for a piece of bread.

כא  הַכֵּר־פָּנִים לֹא־טוֹב וְעַל־פַּת־לֶחֶם יִפְשַׁע־גָּבֶר׃

22  A miserly man runs after wealth; He does not realize that loss will overtake it.

כב  נִבֳהָל לַהוֹן אִישׁ רַע עָיִן וְלֹא־יֵדַע כִּי־חֶסֶר יְבֹאֶנּוּ׃

23  He who reproves a man will in the end Find more favor than he who flatters him.

כג  מוֹכִיחַ אָדָם אַחֲרַי חֵן יִמְצָא מִמַּחֲלִיק לָשׁוֹן׃

24  He who robs his father and mother and says, “It is no offense,” Is a companion to vandals.

כד  גּוֹזֵל אָבִיו וְאִמּוֹ וְאֹמֵר אֵין־פָּשַׁע חָבֵר הוּא לְאִישׁ מַשְׁחִית׃

25  A greedy man provokes quarrels, But he who trusts Hashem shall enjoy prosperity.

כה  רְחַב־נֶפֶשׁ יְגָרֶה מָדוֹן וּבוֹטֵחַ עַל־יְהֹוָה יְדֻשָּׁן׃

26  He who trusts his own instinct is a dullard, But he who lives by wisdom shall escape.

כו  בּוֹטֵחַ בְּלִבּוֹ הוּא כְסִיל וְהוֹלֵךְ בְּחָכְמָה הוּא יִמָּלֵט׃

27  He who gives to the poor will not be in want, But he who shuts his eyes will be roundly cursed.

כז  נוֹתֵן לָרָשׁ אֵין מַחְסוֹר וּמַעְלִים עֵינָיו רַב־מְאֵרוֹת׃

28  When the wicked rise up, men go into hiding, But when they perish the righteous increase.

כח  בְּקוּם רְשָׁעִים יִסָּתֵר אָדָם וּבְאָבְדָם יִרְבּוּ צַדִּיקִים׃

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