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Proverbs 11

Proverbs 11

[1] A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
but a just weight is his delight.
[2] When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
[3] The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
[4] Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
[5] The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
[6] The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
[7] When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
[8] The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
[9] With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
[10] When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
[11] By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
[12] Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
[13] Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
[14] Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
[15] Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
[16] A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
[17] A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
[18] The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
[19] Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
[20] Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
[21] Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
[22] Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
[23] The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
[24] One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
[25] Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
[26] The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
[27] Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
[28] Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
[29] Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
[30] The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
[31] If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner! (ESV)