1#Lev. 19:35, 36; Deut. 25:13–16; Prov. 20:10, 23; Mic. 6:11Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
2When pride comes, then comes #Prov. 16:18; 18:12; 29:23shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright will guide #Prov. 13:6them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
4#Prov. 10:2; Ezek. 7:19; Zeph. 1:18Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But #Gen. 7:1righteousness delivers from death.
5The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright,
But the wicked will fall by his own #Prov. 5:22wickedness.
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 #Prov. 10:28perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.
8#Prov. 21:18The 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#Prov. 28:12When 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 #Prov. 14:34exalted,
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#Lev. 19:16; Prov. 20:19; 1 Tim. 5:13A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit #Prov. 19:11conceals a matter.
14#1 Kin. 12:1Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
15He who is #Prov. 6:1, 2surety for a stranger will suffer,
But one who hates being surety is secure.
16A gracious woman retains honor,
But ruthless men retain riches.
17#(Matt. 5:7; 25:34–36)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 #Hos. 10:12; (Gal. 6:8, 9); James 3:18he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
19As righteousness leads to #Prov. 10:16; 12:28life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own #Prov. 21:16; (Rom. 6:23; James 1:15)death.
20Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,
But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
21#Prov. 16:5Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
But #Ps. 112:2; Prov. 14:26the 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 #Prov. 10:28; Rom. 2:8, 9is wrath.
24There is one who #Ps. 112:9; Prov. 13:7; 19:17scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
25#Prov. 3:9, 10; (2 Cor. 9:6, 7)The generous soul will be made rich,
#(Matt. 5:7)And he who waters will also be watered himself.
26The people will curse #Amos 8:5, 6him who withholds grain,
But #Job 29:13blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
27He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
#Esth. 7:10; Ps. 7:15, 16; 57:6But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
28#Job 31:24He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But #Ps. 1:3; Jer. 17:8the righteous will flourish like foliage.
29He who troubles his own house #Eccl. 5:16will inherit the wind,
And the fool will be #Prov. 14:19servant to the wise of heart.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And #Prov. 14:25; (Dan. 12:3; 1 Cor. 9:19–22; James 5:20)he who wins souls is wise.
31#Jer. 25:29If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
How much more the ungodly and the sinner.