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1 A false balance is
abomination to the LORD: 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 shall
guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the day of
wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect
shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright
shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own
7 When a wicked man dieth, his
expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of
trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth
destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be
10 When it goeth well with the
righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is
11 By the blessing of the upright
the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that is void of wisdom
despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets:
but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the
people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger
shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16 A gracious woman retaineth honour:
and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man doeth good to
his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful
work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
19 As righteousness tendeth
to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 They that are of a froward heart are
abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their
way are his delight.
21 Though hand join in
hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous
shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a
swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is
only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is that scattereth, and yet
increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it
tendeth to poverty.
25 The liberal soul shall be made
fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26 He that withholdeth corn, the
people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him
that selleth it.
27 He that diligently seeketh good
procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 He that trusteth in his riches
shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubleth his own house
shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise
30 The fruit of the righteous is
a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be
recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
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