Proverbs 11
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1A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.1The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but an accurate weight is his delight.
2When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, 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 crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them.
4Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.4Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.
5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.5The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires.
7When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.7When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, and the hope of his strength perishes.
8The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.8The righteous person is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked turns up in his stead.
9An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.9With his speech the godless person destroys his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.10When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.
11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.11A city is exalted by the blessing provided from the upright, but it is destroyed by the counsel of the wicked.
12He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.12The one who denounces his neighbor lacks wisdom, but the one who has discernment keeps silent.
13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.13The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
14Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.14When there is no guidance a nation falls, but there is success in the abundance of counselors.
15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.15The one who puts up security for a stranger will surely have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands will be secure.
16A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.16A generous woman gains honor, and ruthless men seize wealth.
17The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.17A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.
18The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.18The wicked person earns deceitful wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a genuine reward.
19As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.19True righteousness leads to life, but the one who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
20They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.20The LORD abhors those who are perverse in heart, but those who are blameless in their ways 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 evil person will certainly be punished, but the descendants of the righteous will not suffer unjust judgment.
22As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.22Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who rejects discretion.
23The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.23What the righteous desire leads only to good, but what the wicked hope for 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 is generous and yet grows more wealthy, but another withholds more than he should and comes to poverty.
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 provides water for others will himself be satisfied.
26He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.26People will curse the one who withholds grain, but they will praise 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 diligently seeks good seeks favor, but the one who searches for evil--it will come to him.
28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.28The one who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.29The one who troubles his family will inherit nothing, and the fool will be a servant to the wise person.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.30The fruit of the righteous is like a tree producing life, and the one who wins souls is wise.
31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.31If the righteous are recompensed on earth, how much more the wicked sinner!
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