Proverbs 11

11:1 The Lord abhors1 dishonest scales,2

but an accurate weight3 is his delight.

11:2 When pride4 comes,5 then comes disgrace,6

but with humility7 comes8 wisdom.

11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them,9

but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them.10

11:4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath,11

but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.12

11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way,13

but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness.14

11:6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,15

but the faithless will be captured16 by their own desires.17

11:7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes,18

and the hope of his strength19 perishes.20

11:8 The righteous person is delivered21 out of trouble,

and the wicked turns up in his stead.22

11:9 With his speech23 the godless person24 destroys25 his neighbor,

but by knowledge26 the righteous will be delivered.

11:10 When the righteous do well,27 the city rejoices;28

when the wicked perish, there is joy.

11:11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from29 the upright,

but it is destroyed by the counsel30 of the wicked.31

11:12 The one who denounces32 his neighbor lacks wisdom,33

but the one who has discernment34 keeps silent.35

11:13 The one who goes about slandering others36 reveals37 secrets,

but the one who is trustworthy38 conceals a matter.

11:14 When there is no guidance39 a nation falls,

but there is success40 in the abundance of counselors.

11:15 The one who puts up security for a stranger41 will surely have trouble,42

but whoever avoids43 shaking hands44 will be secure.

11:16 A generous woman45 gains honor,

and ruthless men46 seize wealth.47

11:17 A kind person48 benefits49 himself,50

but a cruel person brings himself trouble.51

11:18 The wicked person52 earns53 deceitful wages,54

but the one who sows55 righteousness reaps56 a genuine57 reward.58

11:19 True59 righteousness leads to60 life,

but the one who pursues evil pursues it61 to his own death.62

11:20 The Lord abhors63 those who are perverse in heart,64

but those who are blameless in their ways65 are his delight.66

11:21 Be assured that67 the evil person will certainly be punished,68

but the descendants of the righteous69 will not suffer unjust judgment.70

11:22 Like a gold ring71 in a pig’s snout72

is73 a beautiful woman who rejects74 discretion.75

11:23 What the righteous desire76 leads77 only to good,

but what the wicked hope for78 leads79 to wrath.

11:24 One person is generous80 and yet grows more wealthy,81

but another withholds more than he should82 and comes to poverty.83

11:25 A generous person84 will be enriched,85

and the one who provides water86 for others87 will himself be satisfied.88

11:26 People will curse89 the one who withholds grain,90

but they will praise91 the one who sells it.92

11:27 The one who diligently seeks93 good seeks favor,

but the one who searches94 for evil – it will come to him.95

11:28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous96 will flourish like a green leaf.97

11:29 The one who troubles98 his family99 will inherit nothing,100

and the fool101 will be a servant to the wise person.102

11:30 The fruit of the righteous is like103 a tree producing life,104

and the one who wins souls105 is wise.106

11:31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth,107

how much more108 the wicked sinner!109

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