Proverbs 11
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Dishonest Scales
(Ezekiel 45:10-12)

1Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD,

but an accurate weight is His delight.

2When pride comes, disgrace follows,

but with humility comes wisdom.

3The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the perversity of the faithless destroys them.

4Riches are worthless in the day of wrath,

but righteousness brings deliverance from death.

5The righteousness of the blameless directs their path,

but the wicked fall by their own wickedness.

6The righteousness of the upright delivers them,

but the faithless are trapped by their own desires.

7When the wicked man dies, his hope perishes,

and the hope of his strength vanishes.

8The righteous man is delivered from trouble;

in his place the wicked man goes in.

9With his mouth the ungodly man destroys his neighbor,

but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.

10When the righteous thrive, the city rejoices,

and when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11By the blessing of the upright a city is built up,

but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

12Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks judgment,

but a man of understanding holds his peace.

13A gossip reveals a secret,

but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.

14For lack of guidance, a nation falls,

but with many counselors comes deliverance.

15He who puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,

but the one who hates indebtedness is secure.

16A gracious woman attains honor,

but violent men gain only wealth.

17A kind man benefits himself,

but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

18The wicked man earns an empty wage,

but he who sows righteousness reaps a true reward.

19Genuine righteousness leads to life,

but the pursuit of evil brings death.

20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,

but the blameless in their walk are His delight.

21Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished,

but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

22Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout

is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

23The desire of the righteous leads only to good,

but the hope of the wicked brings wrath.

24One gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds what is right, only to become poor.

25A generous soul will prosper,

and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

26The people will curse the hoarder of grain,

but blessing will crown the one who sells it.

27He who searches out good finds favor,

but evil will come to him who seeks it.

28He who trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous will thrive like foliage.

29He who brings trouble on his house will inherit the wind,

and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

and he who wins souls is wise.

31If the righteous receive their due on earth,a

how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

Footnotes:

31 a LXX If the righteous are hardly delivered

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