Proverbs 11
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1A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.1Dishonest scales are detestable to the LORD, but an accurate weight is His delight.
2When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.2When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
4Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.4Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.5The righteousness of the blameless clears his path, but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.6The righteousness of the upright rescues them, but the treacherous are trapped by their own desires.
7When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.7When the wicked man dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
8The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.8The righteous one is rescued from trouble; in his place, the wicked one goes in.
9An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.9With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.10When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices, and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.11A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
12He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.12Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.
13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.13A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.14Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.
15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.15If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it, but the one who hates such agreements is protected.
16A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.16A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.
17The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.17A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.
18The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.18The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.
19As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.19Genuine righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil leads to death.
20They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.20Those with twisted minds are detestable to the LORD, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.
21Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.21Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.
22As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.22A beautiful woman who rejects good sense is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.
23The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.23The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath.
24There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.24One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor.
25The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.25A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.
26He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.26People will curse anyone who hoards grain, but a blessing will come to the one who sells it.
27He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.27The one who searches for what is good finds favor, but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.
28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.28Anyone trusting in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.29The one who brings ruin on his household will inherit the wind, and a fool will be a slave to someone whose heart is wise.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives.
31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.31If the righteous will be repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and sinful.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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