The people curse those who hold back grain, but a blessing is on the head of those who sell it.
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to the one who searches for it.
Those who trust in their riches will wither, a but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
Those who trouble their households will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence b takes lives away.
If the righteous are repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
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