Bad news for rich crooks
Bad folks on the run1 Bad people run away when no one is chasing them.
But people who live good lives have the courage of a lion.
2 When people revolt, many try to take charge.
But when a leader is sensible, stability settles in for the long haul.
3 When one poor person hurts another,
the attacker is like a pounding rain that destroys all the crops.
Take a stand for justice4 Lawbreakers honor bad people.
Law-abiding people fight for justice, and take a stand against evil.
5 Bad people have no concept of justice—they don’t get it.
But people devoted to the LORD understand it completely.
6 It’s better to live a life of integrity, poor as can be,
Than to live a crooked life, rich as all get out.
7 Smart children obey instructions.
Children who hang out with troublemakers disgrace their parents.
Note to bankers8 If you get rich by loaning money and charging high interest rates,
You’ll lose it all to people who are kind to the poor.
9 If you don’t bother to listen when people try to teach you something,
Why expect anyone to listen to your disgusting requests in prayer?
10 If you entice a good person into doing something wrong,
You’re going to fall into your own trap.
But people who live a good life devoted to God have a bright future.
11 Rich people see themselves as smart.
Smart poor people see right through them.
When to keep a low profile12 Most people celebrate when the good guys win.
But when the bad guys take control, smart people keep a low profile.
13 If you keep hiding your hurtful behavior, you won’t do well.
But if you admit it and then stop it, people will show you compassion.
14 You’ll have a happy life if you’re respectful.
But you’ll have a lot of trouble if you treat people callously.
15 A bad ruler who hurts the poor
Can be as terrifying as a roaring lion
And as destructive a charging bear.
Make honest money and live longer16 Anyone who oppresses the people they lead understand nothing important.
People who refuse to take dishonest money will live longer because of it.
17 People who have killed others will be hunted down until they die.
No one should help this fugitive in any way.
18 Honest people who live good lives will be saved.
Crooks are going down, in a sudden fall.
19 If you work your land, you’ll have plenty of food.
If you waste your time, you’ll have plenty of nothing.
20 If you live devoted to God, you’ll have a life full of happiness.
But if you race to get rich, you’ll pay the penalty.
21 Don’t play favorites with people.
Hungry people will break the law to get food.
Poverty runs down the rich22 Greedy people run after wealth.
They have no idea poverty is catching up and will run them down.
23 If someone does something wrong and you call that person on it,
You’ll end up better appreciated than someone who flattered them.
Kids who loot their parents24 People who rob their parents and say, “I did nothing wrong,”
Are no better than looters.
25 Greedy people stir up trouble,
But people who trust the LORD are the ones who will succeed.
26 If you live life by trusting your gut instincts, you’re an idiot.
But if you live wisely, you will be saved.
27 If you help the poor, you’ll always have what you need.
But if you ignore them, you’re going to have a lot of trouble.
28 When bad people rise to power, good people hide.
When those bad people die, the good people come out and flourish again.
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