Integrity of Scales and Soul
1Dishonest scales are an abomination to Adonai, but an accurate weight is His delight.
2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.
4Riches make no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
5The righteousness of the blameless man makes his way straight, but the wicked man is brought down by his wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are trapped by their desire.
Righteousness Builds Up a City
7When the wicked dies, his hope perishes, and the hope of the strong vanishes.
8The righteous is rescued from trouble. Instead it comes on the wicked.
9With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10When the righteous do well, a city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12One who despises his neighbor lacks sense, but one with discernment remains silent.
13A gossip reveals secrets, but one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
14Without guidance people fall, with many counselors there is deliverance.
15Whoever puts up security for a stranger will have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands on such a deal is secure.
Rewards for Righteous or Ruthless
16A gracious woman gains honor, but ruthless men seize riches.
17A kind man does his own soul good, but a cruel man harms his own flesh.
18The wicked earn deceptive wages, but a sower of righteousness reaps a true reward.
19Steadfast righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil ends in death.
20Perverse hearts are an abomination to Adonai. His favor is on those blameless in their ways.
21Be sure, the evil will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22Like a gold ring in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
23The desire of the righteous is only good, but the hope of the wicked only wrath.
24One gives freely, yet gains even more. Another withholds unjustly, and comes to poverty.
25A soul who blesses will prosper, and one who gives water will himself be satisfied.
26People curse anyone withholding grain, but blessing is on the head of one who dispenses it.
27A person who diligently seeks good finds favor, but to one who searches for evil, evil comes to him!
28Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29Whoever troubles his own household will inherit wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise-hearted.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever wins souls is wise.
31If the righteous is rewarded on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!