Proverbs 11

1A false balance isabomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
A false...: Heb. Balances of deceit
just...: Heb. perfect stone

2Whenpride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly iswisdom.

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

4Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
direct: Heb. rectify
6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own iniquity.

7When a wicked man dieth, hisexpectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

8The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

9An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

10When the righteous prosper, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there isshouting. 11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
void...: Heb. destitute of heart
13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
A talebearer: Heb. He that walketh, being a talebearer

14Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it : and he that hateth suretiship is secure.
smart: Heb. be sore broken
suretiship: Heb. those that strike hands

16A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong menretain riches.

17The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

19As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

20They that are of a perverse heart areabomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

21Thoughhand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.
is without: Heb. departeth from

23The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is right, but it tendeth to poverty.

25The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
liberal...: Heb. soul of blessing

26He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it .

27He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come to him.

28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
winneth: Heb. taketh

31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed upon the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

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