1 The LORD detests dishonest scales, ¶ but accurate weights find favor with him.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, ¶ but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, ¶ but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, ¶ but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, ¶ but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, ¶ but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; ¶ all the promise of [^1] their power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble, ¶ and it falls on the wicked instead.
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, ¶ but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; ¶ when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, ¶ but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, ¶ but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence, ¶ but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls, ¶ but victory is won through many advisers.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, ¶ but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor, ¶ but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, ¶ but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, ¶ but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life, ¶ but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, ¶ but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, ¶ but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout ¶ is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, ¶ but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; ¶ another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper; ¶ whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain, ¶ but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor, ¶ but evil comes to one who searches for it.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, ¶ but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, ¶ and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, ¶ and the one who is wise saves lives.
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, ¶ how much more the ungodly and the sinner!