The LORD detests dishonest scales,1 but accurate weights find favor with him.22
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,3 but with humility comes wisdom.43
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.54
Wealth6 is worthless in the day of wrath,7 but righteousness delivers from death.85
The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,9 but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.106
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.117
Hopes placed in mortals die with them;12 all the promise ofa their power comes to nothing.138
The righteous are rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.149
With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.1510
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;16 when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.1711
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,18 but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.1912
Those who have no sense deride their neighbors,20 but those who have understanding hold their tongues.2113
Gossips betray a confidence,22 but the trustworthy keep a secret.2314
For lack of guidance a nation falls,24 but victory is won through many advisers.2515
Whoever puts up security26 for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.2716
A kindhearted woman gains honor,28 but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
The wicked earn deceptive wages, but those who sow righteousness reap a sure reward.2919
Truly the righteous attain life,30 but those who pursue evil go to their death.3120
The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse,32 but he delights33 in those whose ways are blameless.3421
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.3522
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous36 person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.3726
People curse those who hoard grain, but they pray God's blessing on those who are willing to sell.
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to those who search for it.3828
Those who trust in their riches will fall,39 but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.4029
Those who bring ruin on their families will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.4130
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,42 and those who win souls are wise.
If the righteous receive their due43 on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!