The state and rewards of the righteous and the wicked are contrasted—When a wicked man dies, his expectations perish—He who wins souls is wise.
1 aA false bbalance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
2 When apride cometh, then cometh bshame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 The aintegrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 aRiches profit not in the day of bwrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The arighteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall bfall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An ahypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the bjust be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the arighteous, 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 is void of wisdom despiseth his aneighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A atalebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no acounsel is, the people fall: but in the bmultitude of ccounsellors there is safety.
15 He that is asurety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16 A gracious awoman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is acruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked worketh a adeceitful work: but to him that soweth brighteousness shall be a sure creward.
19 As righteousness tendeth to alife: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 They that are aof a bfroward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which 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 yet aincreaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that awatereth shall be watered also himself.
26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 He that atrusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubleth his own ahouse shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a atree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be arecompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.