Proverbs 11:17-29

17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

Proverbs 11:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
ESV
17 A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
NLT
17 Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.
MSG
17 When you're kind to others, you help yourself; when you're cruel to others, you hurt yourself.
CSB
17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.

Proverbs 11:17-29 In-Context

15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

Cross References 13

  • 1. S Exodus 1:20; S Job 4:8; Hosea 10:12-13
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 30:15; S Proverbs 10:2
  • 3. 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalms 89:48; Proverbs 1:18-19; Ecclesiastes 7:2; Jeremiah 43:11
  • 4. Proverbs 3:32
  • 5. S Numbers 14:8
  • 6. S 1 Chronicles 29:17; S Psalms 15:2; Psalms 101:1-4; S Psalms 119:1; Proverbs 12:2,22; Proverbs 15:9
  • 7. Proverbs 16:5
  • 8. 1 Chronicles 29:17; Isaiah 32:8
  • 9. Proverbs 22:9; Matthew 5:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
  • 10. Esther 7:10; Psalms 7:15-16
  • 11. Job 31:24-28; S Psalms 49:6; S Psalms 52:7; Psalms 62:10; Jeremiah 9:23; Jeremiah 48:7; Mark 10:25; 1 Timothy 6:17
  • 12. Psalms 1:3; Psalms 52:8; Psalms 92:12-14; Jeremiah 17:8
  • 13. Proverbs 14:19
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