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Proverbs 11

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

11:1 A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh,
but accurate weights are his delight.

11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame,
but with humility comes wisdom.

11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them,
but the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

11:4 Riches donít profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.

11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way,
but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them,
but the unfaithful will be trapped by evil desires.

11:7 When a wicked man dies, hope perishes,
and expectation of power comes to nothing.

11:8 A righteous person is delivered out of trouble,
and the wicked takes his place.

11:9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
but the righteous will be delivered through knowledge.

11:10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices.
When the wicked perish, there is shouting.

11:11 By the blessing of the upright, the city is exalted,
but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

11:12 One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom,
but a man of understanding holds his peace.

11:13 One who brings gossip betrays a confidence,
but one who is of a trustworthy spirit is one who keeps a secret.

11:14 Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls,
but in the multitude of counselors there is victory.

11:15 He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it,
but he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.

11:16 A gracious woman obtains honor,
but violent men obtain riches.

11:17 The merciful man does good to his own soul,
but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

11:18 Wicked people earn deceitful wages,
but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

11:19 He who is truly righteous gets life.
He who pursues evil gets death.

11:20 Those who are perverse in heart are an abomination to Yahweh,
but those whose ways are blameless are his delight.

11:21 Most certainly, the evil man will not be unpunished,
but the seed of the righteous will be delivered.

11:22 Like a gold ring in a pigís snout,
is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good.
The expectation of the wicked is wrath.

11:24 There is one who scatters, and increases yet more.
There is one who withholds more than is appropriate, but gains poverty.

11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat.
He who waters shall be watered also himself.

11:26 People curse someone who withholds grain,
but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

11:27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.

11:29 He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind.
The foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.
He who is wise wins souls.

11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be repaid in the earth;
how much more the wicked and the sinner!

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