1The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but delights in an accurate weight.
2When pride comes, so does shame,
but wisdom brings humility.
3Integrity guides the virtuous,
but dishonesty ruins the treacherous.
4Riches don’t help in the day of wrath,
but righteousness rescues from death.
5The righteousness of the innocent makes their path straight,
but the wicked fall in their wickedness.
6Those who do right are saved by their righteousness,
but the untrustworthy are caught by their own desires.
7When the wicked die, their hope perishes.
Yes, any hope based on money perishes.
8The righteous are saved from distress,
and the wicked take their place.
9The godless destroy their neighbors by their words,
but the righteous are saved by their knowledge.
10When the righteous succeed, a city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11A city is honored by the blessing of the virtuous;
it is destroyed by the words of the wicked.
12Whoever despises their neighbor lacks sense;
a sensible person keeps quiet.
13A slanderer walks around revealing secrets,
but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14Without guidance, a people will fall,
but there is victory with many counselors.
15Guaranteeing the debt of a stranger brings big trouble,
but the one who refuses to shake hands will be secure.
16A gracious woman gains honor;
violent men gain only wealth.
17Kind persons benefit themselves,
but cruel people harm themselves.
18The wicked earn false wages,
but those who sow righteousness receive a true reward.
19The righteous are headed toward life,
but those who pursue evil, toward death.
20The Lord detests a crooked heart,
but he favors those whose path is innocent.
21The evil person will surely not go unpunished,
but the children of the righteous will escape.
22Like a gold ring in a pig’s nose
is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
23The desires of the righteous end up well,
but the expectations of the wicked bring wrath.
24Those who give generously receive more,
but those who are stingy with what is appropriate will grow needy.
25Generous persons will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
26People curse those who hoard grain,
but they bless those#Or the heads of those who sell it.
27Those who look for good find favor,
but those who seek evil—it will come to them.
28Those who trust in their wealth will wither,
but the righteous will thrive like leafy trees.
29Those who trouble their family will inherit the wind.
The fool will be servant to the wise.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the wise gather lives.#Or LXX, Syr violence takes lives away
31If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the wicked and sinners?
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