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1A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah;

But a just weight is his delight.

2When pride cometh, then cometh shame;

But with the lowly is wisdom.

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them;

But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

4Riches profit not in the day of wrath;

But righteousness delivereth from death.

5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way;

But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them;

But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity.

7When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish;

And the hope of iniquity perisheth.

8The righteous is delivered out of trouble;

And the wicked cometh in his stead.

9With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor;

But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.

10When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth;

And when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted;

But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom;

But a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

13He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets;

But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.

14Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth;

But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it;

But he that hateth suretyship is secure.

16A gracious woman obtaineth honor;

And violent men obtain riches.

17The merciful man doeth good to his own soul;

But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18The wicked earneth deceitful wages;

But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

19He that is stedfast in righteousness shall attain unto life;

And he that pursueth evil doeth it to his own death.

20They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah;

But such as are perfect in their way are his delight.

21Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished;

But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,

So is a fair woman that is without discretion.

23The desire of the righteous is only good;

But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more;

And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.

25The liberal soul shall be made fat;

And he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

26He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him;

But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

27He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor;

But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.

28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall;

But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.

29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind;

And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

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

And he that is wise winneth souls.

31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth;

How much more the wicked and the sinner!

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