1A false scale is an abomination to יהוה, But a perfect weight is His delight.
2Pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
3The integrity of the straight ones guides them, But the slipperiness of the treacherous destroys them.
4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
5The righteousness of the perfect Makes his way straight, But by his own wrongness the wrong one falls.
6The righteousness of the straight ones delivers them, But the treacherous are caught by greed.
7When a wrong man dies, expectancy perishes, And the ambition of the wicked shall be lost.
8The righteous is delivered from distress, And the wrong one takes his place.
9The defiled one destroys his neighbour with his mouth, But the righteous is delivered by knowledge.
10When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. And when the wrong perish, there is shouting.
11By the blessing of the straight the city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wrong it is overthrown.
12He who lacks heart despises his neighbour, But a man of understanding keeps silence.
13A slanderer is a revealer of secrets, But one with a trustworthy spirit conceals a matter.
14Without guidance the people fall, But in a great counsellor there is safety.
15He who is guarantor for a stranger suffers harm, But one who hates shaking hands in pledge is safe.
16A woman showing favour obtains esteem, But ruthless men obtain riches.
17A kind man is rewarding his being, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
18The wrong one earns false wages, But the one sowing righteousness, a true reward.
19Thus righteousness leads to life, And one pursuing evil, to his own death.
20The perverse of heart are an abomination to יהוה, But the perfect in the Way are His delight.
21Hand to hand, the evil one does not go unpunished, But the seed of the righteous shall escape.
22Like a ring of gold in a pig’s snout, Is a lovely woman who lacks good sense.
23The desire of the righteous is only good, The expectancy of the wrong is wrath.
24There is one who scatters, yet increases more. And one who withholds more than is right, But it comes to poverty.
25The generous being is enriched, And he who waters is also watered himself.
26The people curse him who withholds grain, But blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27He who earnestly seeks good, Seeks what is pleasing; But to him who seeks evil, It comes to him.
28He who trusts in his riches falls, But the righteous flourish like a leaf.
29He who troubles his own house inherits wind, And the fool is servant to the wise of heart.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is winning lives is wise.
31See, the righteous in the earth shall be rewarded, How much more the wrong and the sinner!
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