1The Lord hates dishonest scales,
but he is pleased with honest weights.
2Pride leads only to shame;
it is wise to be humble.
3Good people will be guided by honesty;
dishonesty will destroy those who are not trustworthy.
4Riches will not help when it’s time to die,
but right living will save you from death.
5The goodness of the innocent makes life easier,
but the wicked will be destroyed by their wickedness.
6Doing right brings freedom to honest people,
but those who are not trustworthy will be caught by their own desires.
7When the wicked die, hope dies with them;
their hope in riches will come to nothing.
8The good person is saved from trouble;
it comes to the wicked instead.
9With words an evil person can destroy a neighbor,
but a good person will escape by being resourceful.
10When good people succeed, the city is happy.
When evil people die, there are shouts of joy.
11Good people bless and build up their city,
but the wicked can destroy it with their words.
12People without good sense find fault with their neighbors,
but those with understanding keep quiet.
13Gossips can’t keep secrets,
but a trustworthy person can.
14Without leadership a nation falls,
but lots of good advice will save it.
15Whoever guarantees to pay somebody else’s loan will suffer.
It is safer to avoid such promises.
16A kind woman gets respect,
but cruel men get only wealth.
17Kind people do themselves a favor,
but cruel people bring trouble on themselves.
18An evil person really earns nothing,
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 is pleased with those who are innocent.
21Evil people will certainly be punished,
but those who do right will be set free.
22A beautiful woman without good sense
is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23Those who do right only wish for good,
but the wicked can expect to be defeated by God’s anger.
24Some people give much but get back even more.
Others don’t give what they should and end up poor.
25Whoever gives to others will get richer;
those who help others will themselves be helped.
26People curse those who keep all the grain,
but they bless the one 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 healthy like a green leaf.
29Whoever brings trouble to his family
will be left with nothing but the wind.
A fool will be a servant to the wise.
30A good person gives life to others;
the wise person teaches others how to live.
31Good people will be rewarded on earth,
and the wicked and the sinners will be punished.
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