Proverbs 11

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

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 He 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}

16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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