1
A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah;
but a just weight is his delight.
2
[When] pride cometh, then cometh shame;
but with the lowly is wisdom.
3
The integrity of the upright guideth them;
but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroyeth them.
4
Wealth profiteth not in the day of wrath;
but righteousness delivereth from death.
5
The righteousness of the perfect maketh plain his way;
but the wicked falleth by his own wickedness.
6
The righteousness of the upright delivereth them;
but the treacherous are taken in their own craving.
7
When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish;
and the hope of evil [men] perisheth.
8
The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9
With his mouth a hypocrite destroyeth his neighbour;
but through knowledge are the righteous delivered.
10
When it goeth well with the righteous, 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 despiseth his neighbour is void of heart;
but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13
He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets;
but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14
Where no advice is, the people fall;
but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15
It goeth ill with him that is surety for another;
but he that hateth suretyship is secure.
16
A gracious woman retaineth honour;
and the violent retain riches.
17
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul;
but the cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18
The wicked worketh a deceitful work;
but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
19
As righteousness [tendeth] to life, so he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.
20
The perverse in heart are abomination to Jehovah;
but they that are perfect in [their] way are his delight.
21
Hand for hand!
an evil [man] shall not be held innocent;
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22
A fair woman who is without discretion, is [as] a gold ring in a swine's snout.
23
The desire of the righteous is only good;
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] only to want.
25
The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26
He that withholdeth corn, the people curse him;
but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27
He that is earnest after good seeketh favour;
but he that searcheth for mischief, it shall come upon him.
28
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall;
but the righteous shall flourish as a leaf.
29
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit wind;
and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
and the wise winneth souls.
31
Behold, the righteous shall be requited on the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner.