Day 547

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

Day 547

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

English Standard Version (ESV)


Proverbs 28

28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.
A poor man who oppresses the poor
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit
gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,
but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A stingy man hastens after wealth
and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, “That is no transgression,”
is a companion to a man who destroys.
25 A greedy man stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.


King James Version (KJV)


Proverbs 28:1-28

1The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.2For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.3A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.4They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.5Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.6Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.7Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.8He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.10Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.11The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.12When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.13He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.14Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.15As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.16The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.17A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.18Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.19He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.20A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.21To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.22He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.23He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.25He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.26He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.


Study Journal Questions
  1. How can our prayers become an abomination to God?
  2. What does Proverbs 28 teach us about the poor and the rich?
  3. Why should we rebuke someone rather than flatter them?
  4. How does Proverbs teach you to keep from falling?
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