1The Lord hates dishonest scales.
But he is pleased with correct weights.
2Pride leads only to shame.
It is wise not to be proud.
3Good people will be guided by honesty.
But dishonesty will destroy those who are not trustworthy.
4Riches will not help when it’s time to die.
But doing what is right will save you from dying too soon.
5The goodness of an innocent person makes his life easier.
But a wicked person will be destroyed by his wickedness.
6Doing what is right brings freedom to honest people.
But those who are not trustworthy will be caught by their own desires.
7When a wicked person dies, his hope is gone.
The hopes he placed in his riches will come to nothing.
8The good man is saved from trouble.
It comes to the wicked instead.
9By his words an evil person can destroy his neighbor.
But a good person will escape by being smart.
10When good people succeed, the city is happy.
When evil people die, there are shouts of joy.
11The influence of good people makes a city great.
But the wicked can destroy it with their words.
12A person without good sense finds fault with his neighbor.
But a person with understanding keeps quiet.
13A person who gossips can’t keep secrets.
But a trustworthy person can keep a secret.
14Without leadership a nation will be defeated.
But when many people give advice, it will be safe.
15Whoever guarantees to pay what somebody else owes will suffer.
It is safer to avoid such promises.
16A kind woman is respected.
But cruel men get wealth.
17A kind person is doing himself a favor.
But a cruel person brings trouble on himself.
18An evil person really gains nothing from what he earns.
But a good person will surely be rewarded.
19Those who are truly good will live.
But those who chase after evil will die.
20The Lord hates those with evil hearts.
But he is pleased with those who are innocent.
21You can be sure that evil people will be punished.
But those who do what is right will not be punished.
22A beautiful woman without good sense
is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23The wishes of those who do right will come true.
But the hopes of the wicked will be defeated by God’s anger.
24Some people give much but get back even more.
But others don’t give what they should, and they end up poor.
25A person who gives to others will get richer.
Whoever helps others will himself be helped.
26People curse someone who keeps all the grain for himself.
But they bless a person who is willing to sell it.
27Whoever looks for good will find kindness.
But whoever looks for evil will find trouble.
28Those who trust in riches will be ruined.
But a good person will be as healthy as a green leaf.
29Whoever brings trouble to his family will be left with nothing but the wind.
And a foolish person will become a servant to the wise.
30As a tree makes fruit, a good person gives life to others.
The wise person shows others how to be wise.
31Good people will be rewarded on earth.
So the wicked and the sinners will also be punished.