11 The Lord detests dishonest scales,q
but accurate weights find favor with him.r
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,s
but with humility comes wisdom.t
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.u
but righteousness delivers from death.x
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,y
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.z
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.a
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;b
and it falls on the wicked instead.d
but through knowledge the righteous escape.e
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;f
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.g
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,h
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.i
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,j
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.k
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,l
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.m
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,n
but victory is won through many advisers.o
15 Whoever puts up securityp for a stranger will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.q
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,r
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.s
19 Truly the righteous attain life,t
but whoever pursues evil finds death.u
20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,v
but those who are righteous will go free.y
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generousz person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.a
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
but evil comes to one who searches for it.b
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,c
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.d
and the fool will be servant to the wise.e
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,f
and the one who is wise saves lives.
31 If the righteous receive their dueg on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!
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