Proverbs Chapter 11 |
1False scales are an abomination to the Lord;
An honest weight pleases Him.
2When arrogance appears, disgrace follows,
But wisdom is with those who are unassuming.
3The integrity of the upright guides them;
The deviousness of the treacherous leads them to ruin.
4Wealth is of no avail on the day of wrath,
But righteousness saves from death.
5The righteousness of the blameless man smooths his way,
But the wicked man is felled by his wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright saves them,
But the treacherous are trapped by their malice.
7At death the hopes of a wicked man are doomed,
And the ambition of evil men comes to nothing.
8The righteous man is rescued from trouble
And the wicked man takes his place.
9The impious man destroys his neighbor through speech,
But through their knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10When the righteous prosper the city exults;
When the wicked perish there are shouts of joy.
11A city is built up by the blessing of the upright,
But it is torn down by the speech of the wicked.
12He who speaks contemptuously of his fellowman is devoid of sense;
A prudent man keeps his peace.
13A base fellow gives away secrets,
But a trustworthy soul keeps a confidence.
14For want of strategy an army falls,
But victory comes with much planning.
15Harm awaits him who stands surety for another;
He who spurns pledging shall be secure.
16A graceful woman obtains honor;
Ruthless men obtain wealth.
17A kindly man benefits himself;
A cruel man makes trouble for himself.
18The wicked man earns illusory wages,
But he who sows righteousness has a true reward.
19Righteousness is a prop of life,
But to pursue evil leads to death.
20Men of crooked mind are an abomination to the Lord,
But those whose way is blameless please Him.
21Assuredly, the evil man will not escape,
But the offspring of the righteous will be safe.
22Like a gold ring in the snout of a pig
Is a beautiful woman bereft of sense.
23What the righteous desire can only be good;
What the wicked hope for [stirs] wrath.
24One man gives generously and ends with more;
Another stints on doing the right thing and incurs a loss.
25A generous person enjoys prosperity;
He who satisfies others shall himself be sated.
26He who withholds grain earns the curses of the people,
But blessings are on the head of the one who dispenses it.
27He who earnestly seeks what is good pursues what is pleasing;
He who is bent on evil, upon him it shall come.
28He who trusts in his wealth shall fall,
But the righteous shall flourish like foliage.
29He who makes trouble for his household shall inherit the wind;
A fool is a slave to the wise-hearted.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
A wise man captivates people.
31If the righteous on earth get their deserts,
How much more the wicked man and the sinner.