1 The Lord abhors dishonest
scales, but accurate weights are his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with
humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the
unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but
righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight
way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but
the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he
expected from his power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it
comes on the wicked instead.
9 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when
the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is
exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but
a man of understanding holds his tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy
man keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many
advisers make victory sure.
15 He who puts up security for another will surely
suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is
16 A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men
gain only wealth.
17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings
trouble on himself.
18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who
sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 The truly righteous man attains life, but he who
pursues evil goes to his death.
20 The Lord detests men of perverse heart but he
delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful
woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but
the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another
withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes
others will himself be refreshed.
26 People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing
crowns him who is willing to sell.
27 He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to
him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the
righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit
only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and
he who wins souls is wise.
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how
much more the ungodly and the sinner!