1⚓Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
2When pride comes, then comes ⚓shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright will guide ⚓them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
4⚓Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But ⚓righteousness delivers from death.
5The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright,
But the wicked will fall by his own ⚓wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
7When a wicked man dies, his expectation will ⚓perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.
8⚓The righteous is delivered from trouble,
And it comes to the wicked instead.
9The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10⚓When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11By the blessing of the upright the city is ⚓exalted,
But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace.
13⚓A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit ⚓conceals a matter.
14⚓Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
15He who is ⚓surety for a stranger will suffer,
But one who hates being surety is secure.
16A gracious woman retains honor,
But ruthless men retain riches.
17⚓The merciful man does good for his own soul,
But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
18The wicked man does deceptive work,
But ⚓he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
19As righteousness leads to ⚓life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own ⚓death.
20Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,
But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
21⚓Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
But ⚓the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
22As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
23The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked ⚓is wrath.
24There is one who ⚓scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
25⚓The generous soul will be made rich,
⚓And he who waters will also be watered himself.
26The people will curse ⚓him who withholds grain,
But ⚓blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
27He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
⚓But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
28⚓He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But ⚓the righteous will flourish like foliage.
29He who troubles his own house ⚓will inherit the wind,
And the fool will be⚓servant to the wise of heart.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And ⚓he who wins souls is wise.
31⚓If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
How much more the ungodly and the sinner.