1 A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight. 2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame; But with the lowly is wisdom. 3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them. 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath; But righteousness delivereth from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity. 7 When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered. 10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth; And when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted; But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12 He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter. 14 Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; But he that hateth suretyship is secure. 16 A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches. 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. 18 The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness [hath] a sure reward. 19 He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life; And he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death. 20 They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are perfect in [their] way are his delight. 21 [Though] hand [join] in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. 22 [As] a ring of gold in a swine's snout, [So is] a fair woman that is without discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous is only good; [But] the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] only to want. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 26 He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. 27 He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him. 28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf. 29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise winneth souls. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!