The Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs 11

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

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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