Proverbs 28: Wise Sayings

Why would anyone flee when there is no threat? Why would someone not flee when there is a threat?

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Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when there is no threat, but the righteous stand like young lions, trusting God.
King James
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

During moral decay, why does a country have many leaders? What is the value of having only one?

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Proverbs 28:2 During moral decay, a country has many leaders, but one is needed to bring wisdom and truth.
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Proverbs 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

How much importance should we place upon satisfying the needs of others?

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Proverbs 28:3 People who see their own needs as greater than the needs of the poor are like a downpour that destroys the crops.
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Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

Why do the wicked care whether we follow God’s ways?

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Proverbs 28:4–5 Forsaking God’s Law praises the wicked, and following his ways makes you their enemy.
Those who follow the Lord understand justice, but evil people do not.
King James
Proverbs 28:4–5 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

What does it mean to “walk with integrity”?

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Proverbs 28:6–7 The poor walking with integrity are better than the rich who walk a crooked path.
One who keeps the Law is wise, but hanging out with vile people brings embarrassment to the family.
King James
Proverbs 28:6–7 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

How can unjust gains wind up feeding the poor?

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Proverbs 28:8 Riches gained by charging too much will one day wind up in the hands that feed the poor.
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Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

What kinds of prayers does God listen to?

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Proverbs 28:9 God can’t stand the prayers of those who won’t listen to his instruction.
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Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

How can people be misled by their own deception?

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Proverbs 28:10 Those who lead good people astray will be misled by their own deception, but the blameless will be rewarded.
King James
Proverbs 28:10 Whoso 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.

Why might the poor be smarter than the rich?

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Proverbs 28:11 The rich see themselves as smart, but the poor know they aren’t.
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Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

What keeps companies from charging too much for their products? How much is enough, and how much is too much?

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Proverbs 28:12 The righteous can celebrate with good conscience when they are successful, but the wicked have to hide the reason for their success.
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Proverbs 28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

Why don’t more people confess their faults?

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Proverbs 28:13 People who try to hide their wrongdoing will not prosper, but those who confess their faults and repent will receive mercy.
James 5:16 Confess to one another your inability to make it on your own, recognizing your failures and need for God’s help. Pray for one another so you may be changed. When people come to God with a genuine desire to change, transforming power begins to work in their lives.
King James
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Why should people fear God? Under what conditions might they not fear God?

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Proverbs 28:14–15 Blessed are those who tremble before God, seeking always to do his will, but hardhearted people who go their own way will suffer calamity.
A wicked leader who oppresses the poor is like a roaring lion or an angry bear.
King James
Proverbs 28:14–15 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

What would cause a person who hates greed to live longer?

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Proverbs 28:16 A heartless leader extorts people, but those who hate greed will live longer.
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Proverbs 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

After losing a loved one, why might the family seek leniency for a murderer?

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Proverbs 28:17 A murderer feeling guilty may wish he was dead, and no one will protect him.
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Proverbs 28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

What does a person have to do to walk a straight path and avoid crooked ways?

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Proverbs 28:18 Those who walk a straight path will be safe, but crooked ways will soon lead to a fall.
King James
Proverbs 28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

Why do people follow “vain pursuits”?

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Proverbs 28:19 Cultivate the land, and you will have plenty to eat, but vain pursuits will leave your bowl empty.
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Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

If greedy people get rich, how are they being punished?

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Proverbs 28:20 God blesses the faithful but punishes the greedy.
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Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

What does it mean to “play favorites”? What kinds of problems does that create??

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Proverbs 28:21 Playing favorites isn’t good. Some people are easily bribed.
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Proverbs 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

How can rich people feel like they are poor? How can poor people feel like they are rich?

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Proverbs 28:22 Stingy people want to be rich, but they will be poor, always wanting more.
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Proverbs 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Why is an honest rebuke appreciated more than flattery? When might flattery be more appreciated?

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Proverbs 28:23 An honest rebuke is appreciated more than flattery.
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Proverbs 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

How can people think there is nothing wrong with stealing?

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Proverbs 28:24 Children who see nothing wrong with stealing from their parents are in the company of common criminals.
Romans 1:25 In this process, they exchange the truth of God for the lies they want to believe, worshiping the creature instead of the Creator, who alone is worthy of eternal adoration. Yes, this is true.
1 Timothy 4:2 With dead consciences, they embrace and promote lies as if they were the truth.
King James
Proverbs 28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

With whom does greed foster strife? Why?

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Proverbs 28:25 Greed fosters strife, but those who trust the Lord for their needs will prosper.
King James
Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.

How important is self-confidence? What advantages does God-confidence have?

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Proverbs 28:26 Compared to God-confidence, self-confidence is foolish.
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Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

How can giving result in a person having plenty?

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Proverbs 28:27 Those who give to the poor will have plenty. Close your eyes to the needs of others, and you will be cursed by never having enough.
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Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

How do the wicked gain governing power?

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Proverbs 28:28 When the wicked govern, the people hide, but when the wicked fall, the righteous flourish.
John 19:11 You would have no authority over me at all if it had not been given to you from above. Therefore, those who delivered me to you are guilty of the greater wrong.
1 Peter 3:22 Christ now sits in Heaven’s highest place of honor, with all authorities and powers subject to him.
King James
Proverbs 28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.