Bad folks on the run
- 28:1 Bad people run away when no one is chasing them.
But people who live good lives have the courage of a lion.
- 28:2 When people revolt, many try to take charge.
But when a leader is sensible, stability settles in for the long haul.
- 28:3 When one poor person hurts another,
the attacker is like a pounding rain that destroys all the crops.
Take a stand for justice
- 28:4 Lawbreakers honor bad people.
Law-abiding people fight for justice, and take a stand against evil.
- 28:5 Bad people have no concept of justice—they don’t get it.
But people devoted to the LORD understand it completely.
- 28:6 It’s better to live a life of integrity, poor as can be,
Than to live a crooked life, rich as all get out.
- 28:7 Smart children obey instructions.
Children who hang out with troublemakers disgrace their parents.
Note to bankers
- 28:8 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.
- 28:9 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?
- 28:10 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.
- 28:11 Rich people see themselves as smart.
Smart poor people see right through them.
When to keep a low profile
- 28:12 Most people celebrate when the good guys win.
But when the bad guys take control, smart people keep a low profile.
- 28:13 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.
- 28:14 You’ll have a happy life if you’re respectful.
But you’ll have a lot of trouble if you treat people callously.
- 28:15 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 longer
- 28:16 Anyone who oppresses the people they lead understand nothing important.
People who refuse to take dishonest money will live longer because of it.
- 28:17 People who have killed others will be hunted down until they die.
No one should help this fugitive in any way.
- 28:18 Honest people who live good lives will be saved.
Crooks are going down, in a sudden fall.
- 28:19 If you work your land, you’ll have plenty of food.
If you waste your time, you’ll have plenty of nothing.
- 28:20 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.
- 28:21 Don’t play favorites with people.
Hungry people will break the law to get food.
Poverty runs down the rich
- 28:22 Greedy people run after wealth.
They have no idea poverty is catching up and will run them down.
- 28:23 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 parents
- 28:24 People who rob their parents and say, “I did nothing wrong,”
Are no better than looters.
- 28:25 Greedy people stir up trouble,
But people who trust the LORD are the ones who will succeed.
- 28:26 If you live life by trusting your gut instincts, you’re an idiot.
But if you live wisely, you will be saved.
- 28:27 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.
- 28:28 When bad people rise to power, good people hide.
When those bad people die, the good people come out and flourish again.