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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 A afalse balance is an abomination to the LORD,
  But a bjust weight is His delight.
  2 When apride comes, then comes dishonor,
  But with the humble is wisdom.
  3 The aintegrity of the upright will guide them,
  But the bcrookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.
  4 aRiches do not profit in the day of wrath,
  But brighteousness delivers from death.
  5 The arighteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
  But bthe wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
  6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
  But the treacherous will abe caught by [their own] greed.
  7 When a wicked man dies, [his] aexpectation will perish,
  And the bhope of strong men perishes.
  8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
  But the wicked Itakes his place.
  9 With [his] amouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
  But through knowledge the brighteous will be delivered.
  10 When it agoes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
  And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
  11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
  But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
  12 He who despises his neighbor lacks Isense,
  But a man of understanding keeps silent.
  13 He awho goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
  But he who is Itrustworthy bconceals a matter.
  14 Where there is no aguidance the people fall,
  But in abundance of counselors there is Ivictory.
  15 He who is aguarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it,
  But he who hates Ibeing a guarantor is secure.
  16 A agracious woman attains honor,
  And ruthless men attain riches.
  17 The amerciful man does Ihimself good,
  But the cruel man IIdoes himself harm.
  18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
  But he who asows righteousness [gets] a true reward.
  19 He who is steadfast in arighteousness [will attain] to life,
  And bhe who pursues evil [will bring about] his own death.
  20 The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
  But the ablameless in [their] Iwalk are His bdelight.
  21 IAssuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
  But the IIdescendants of the righteous will be delivered.
  22 [As] a aring of gold in a swine’s snout
  [So is] a beautiful woman who lacks Idiscretion.
  23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
  [But] the aexpectation of the wicked is wrath.
  24 There is one who scatters, and [yet] increases all the more,
  And there is one who withholds what is justly due, [and yet it results] only in want.
  25 The Iagenerous man will be IIprosperous,
  And he who bwaters will himself be watered.
  26 He who withholds grain, the apeople will curse him,
  But bblessing will be on the head of him who csells [it].
  27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
  But ahe who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
  28 He who atrusts in his riches will fall,
  But bthe righteous will flourish like the [green] leaf.
  29 He who atroubles his own house will binherit wind,
  And cthe foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.
  30 The fruit of the righteous is aa tree of life,
  And bhe who is wise Iwins souls.
  31 If athe righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
  How much more the wicked and the sinner!

[1] aLv 19:35, 36; Dt 25:13-16; Pv 20:10, 23; Mi 6:11 bPv 16:11
[2] aPv 16:18; 18:12; 29:23
[3] aPv 13:6 bPv 19:3; 22:12
[4] aPv 10:2; Ezk 7:19; Zp 1:18 bGn 7:1
[5] aPv 3:6 bPv 5:22
[6] aPs 7:15, 16; 9:15; Ec 10:8
[7] aPv 10:28 bJb 8:13, 14
[8] ILit enters
[9] aPv 16:29 bPv 11:6
[10] aPv 28:12
[12] ILit heart
[13] ILit faithful of spirit aLv 19:16; Pv 20:19; 1Ti 5:13 bPv 19:11
[14] ILit deliverance aPv 15:22; 20:18; 24:6
[15] ILit those who strike hands aPv 6:1; 27:13
[16] aPv 31:28, 30
[17] ILit good to his own soul IILit troubles his flesh aMt 5:7; 25:34-36
[18] aHo 10:12; Ga 6:8, 9; Jm 3:18
[19] aPv 10:16; 12:28; 19:23 bPv 21:16; Ro 6:23; Jm 1:15
[20] ILit way aPs 119:1; Pv 13:6 b1Ch 29:17
[21] ILit Hand to hand IILit seed
[22] ILit taste aGn 24:47
[23] aPv 10:28; Ro 2:8, 9
[25] ILit soul of blessing IILit made fat aPv 3:9, 10; 2Co 9:6, 7 bMt 5:7
[26] aPv 24:24 bJb 29:13 cGn 42:6
[27] aEs 7:10; Ps 7:15, 16; 57:6
[28] aPs 49:6; Mk 10:25; 1Ti 6:17 bPs 1:3; 92:12; Jr 17:8
[29] aPv 15:27 bEc 5:16 cPv 14:19
[30] ILit takes aPv 3:18 bPv 14:25; Dn 12:3; 1Co 9:19-22; Jm 5:20
[31] a2S 22:21, 25; Pv 13:21; 1P 4:18


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: 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 transgressors 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 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 hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just 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 is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 14 Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety. 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. 16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches. 17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but [he that is] cruel troubleth his own flesh. 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward. 19 As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death. 20 They that are of a froward 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 increaseth; 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 watereth 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 trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. 29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

[1] Lv 19:35; Dt 25:13; Pv 16:11; 20:10, 23; Ezk 45:10; Ho 12:7; Am 8:5; Mi 6:10.
[2] Pv 3:34; 15:33; 16:18; Dn 4:30; Lk 14:8; 18:14; 1Co 8:1.
[3] Ps 25:21; 26:1; Pv 11:5; 13:6; 21:7; 28:18; Ec 7:17; Is 1:28; Jn 7:17.
[4] Gn 7:1; Jb 36:18; Ps 49:6; Pv 10:2; 12:28; Ezk 7:19; Zp 1:18; Mt 16:26; Lk 12:20; Ro 5:17; 1Ti 4:8.
[5] 2S 17:23; Es 7:3; Ps 9:15; Pv 1:31; 5:22; 11:3; Mt 27:4.
[6] Gn 30:33; 31:37; 1S 12:3; 1K 2:32, 44; Ps 7:16; Pv 5:22; Ec 10:8.
[7] Ex 15:9; Jb 8:13; 11:20; Ps 146:4; Pv 10:28; 14:32; Ezk 28:9; Lk 12:19.
[8] Es 7:9; Pv 21:18; Is 43:3; Dn 6:23.
[9] 1K 13:18; 22:6, 20; Jb 8:13; 34:30; Ps 55:12, 20; Pv 2:10; 4:5; 6:23; Mt 7:15; 15:5; Mk 13:14, 22; Ac 20:30; 2Co 11:13; Ep 4:13; 2Th 2:8; 1Ti 4:1; 2P 2:1; 3:16; 1Jn 2:21, 27.
[10] Ex 15:21; Jg 5:31; Es 8:15; Jb 27:23; Ps 58:10; Pv 28:12, 28; Rv 19:1.
[11] Gn 41:38; 45:8; 2S 20:1; 2Ch 32:20; Es 3:8; 9:1; Jb 22:30; Pv 14:34; 29:8; Ec 9:15; Jm 3:6.
[12] Jg 9:27, 38; 1S 10:27; 2K 18:36; Ne 4:2; Ps 123:3; Pv 10:19; Lk 16:14; 18:9; Jn 7:48; 1P 2:23.
[13] Lv 19:16; Jsh 2:14, 20; Ne 6:17; Pv 14:5; 20:19; 25:9; 26:20; Jr 38:27.
[14] 1K 12:1; Pv 15:22; 16:22; 24:6; Is 19:11; Ac 15:6.
[15] Pv 6:1; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26.
[16] 1S 25:32; 2S 20:16; Es 9:25; Pv 31:30; Mt 26:13; Lk 8:3; 10:42; 11:21; 21:2; Ac 9:39; 16:14; Ro 16:2, 6; 2Jn 1:1.
[17] Jb 20:19; Ps 41:1; 112:4; Pv 15:27; Ec 4:8; Is 32:7; 57:1; 58:7; Dn 4:27; Mt 5:7; 6:14; 25:34; Lk 6:38; 2Co 9:6; Php 4:17; Jm 2:13; 5:1.
[18] Jb 27:13; Ps 126:5; Pv 1:18; 5:22; 22:8; Ec 10:8; Is 59:5; Ho 10:12; Ga 6:8; Ep 4:22; Jm 3:18.
[19] Pv 1:16; 7:22; 8:36; 10:16; 11:4; 12:28; 19:23; Ac 10:35; Ro 2:8; 1Jn 3:7, 10.
[20] Ps 11:7; 18:25; 51:6; 140:13; Pv 6:14, 16; 8:13; 9:7; 15:8; 16:17; 21:29.
[21] Gn 17:7; Ex 23:2; Ps 37:26; 112:1; Pv 13:22; 16:5; Is 27:4; Jr 32:39; Ac 2:39.
[22] Pv 7:10; 9:13; 31:30; Ezk 16:15; Na 3:4; 1P 3:3; 2P 2:22.
[23] Ps 10:17; 27:4; 37:4; 39:7; 119:5, 10; Pv 10:28; 11:7; Is 26:9; Jr 17:16; Mt 5:6; Ro 2:8; He 10:27.
[24] Dt 15:10; Ps 112:9; Pv 11:18; 19:17; 28:8; Ec 11:1, 6; Hg 1:6, 9; 2:16; Lk 6:38; Ac 11:29; 2Co 9:5.
[25] Jb 29:13; 31:16; Pv 28:27; Is 32:8; 58:7; Mt 5:7; 25:34.
[26] Jb 29:13; Am 8:4.
[27] Es 7:10; Ps 7:15; 9:15; 10:2; 57:6; Pv 17:11.
[28] Dt 8:12; Jb 31:24; Ps 1:3; 52:7, 8; 62:10; 92:12; Pv 10:15; Is 60:21; Jr 17:8; Mk 10:24; Lk 12:20; 1Ti 6:17.
[29] Gn 34:30; Jsh 7:24; 1S 25:3, 17, 38; Ec 5:16; Ho 8:7; Hab 2:9.
[30] Pv 3:18; 15:4; Dn 12:3; Mt 4:19; Lk 5:9; Jn 4:36; 1Co 9:19; 1Th 2:19; Jm 5:20.
[31] 2S 7:14; 12:9; 1K 13:24; Jr 25:29; 1Co 11:30; 1P 4:17.


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