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FALSE scales are an abomination to the LORD;
but just weights are his delight.
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Where baseness comes, then comes shame;
but with the meek is wisdom.
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¶ The hope of the upright shall be granted;
but the pride of the wicked shall be destroyed.
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Riches profit not in the day of wrath;
but righteousness delivers from death.
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¶ The righteousness of the upright shall direct his way;
but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
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The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them;
but the transgressors shall be caught in their own wickedness.
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When a wicked man dies, his expectation perishes;
and the hope of the evil doers perishes.
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¶ The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.
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With his mouth a wicked man destroys his neighbor;
but through knowledge shall the righteous be strengthened.
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When it goes well with the righteous, the city becomes powerful;
and when the wicked perish, there is rejoicing.
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By the blessings of the upright the city is exalted;
but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
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¶ He who despises his neighbor lacks understanding;
but a man of prudence lives in peace.
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An adversary reveals secrets;
but he who is faithful in his spirit conceals the matter.
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¶ A people who have no leader shall fall;
but in the multitude of counsels there is deliverance.
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¶ The wicked oppresses the righteous when he meets him, because he hates those who wait and hope.
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¶ A gracious woman sustains the honor of her husband;
a woman who hates the truth is the seat of dishonor.
Lazy men are in want even when they are rich;
and strong men retain knowledge.
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¶ A pious man does good to his soul;
but he who is cruel destroys his own flesh.
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¶ The wicked man does a deceitful work;
but he who sows righteousness has a true reward.
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¶ A son who is reared in righteousness lives long;
but he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
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Those who are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD;
but those who are upright in their way are his delight.
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¶ He who stretches out his hand against his neighbor shall not go unpunished: but the offspring of the righteous shall be delivered.
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Like a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful woman without discretion.
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¶ The desire of the righteous is only good;
but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
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There is he who scatters his own seed abroad, and yet brings in plenty;
and there is he who gathers that which is not his, and yet has less.
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¶ The liberal soul shall be enriched;
and the accursed one shall be cursed more.
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¶ He who holds back grain in the day of distress shall fall into the hands of his enemies;
but a blessing shall be upon the head of him who sells it.
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¶ He who diligently seeks good procures favor;
but he who seeks mischief, it shall come upon him.
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¶ He who trusts in his riches shall fall;
but the righteous shall flourish like green leaves.
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¶ He who builds his house with deceit shall leave to his children sorrows;
and he who fails to make his household tranquil shall bequeath the wind to his children;
and the fool shall be servant to the wise.
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¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
but the souls of the wicked shall be driven out.
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¶ If the righteous lives in difficulty, how much more the wicked and the sinner!