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11 Dishonest a 1scales are an abomination to the Lord,

But a 2just weight is His delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes bshame;

But with the humble is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright will guide cthem,

But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.

4 dRiches do not profit in the day of wrath,

But erighteousness delivers from death.

5 The righteousness of the blameless will 3direct his way aright,

But the wicked will fall by his own fwickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,

But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.

7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will gperish,

And the hope of the unjust perishes.

8 hThe righteous is delivered from trouble,

And it comes to the wicked instead.

9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,

But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

10 iWhen it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;

And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.

11 By the blessing of the upright the city is jexalted,

But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He who 4is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,

But a man of understanding holds his peace.

13 kA talebearer reveals secrets,

But he who is of a faithful spirit lconceals a matter.

14 mWhere there is no counsel, the people fall;

But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

15 He who is nsurety 5for a stranger will suffer,

But one who hates 6being surety is secure.

16 A gracious woman retains honor,

But ruthless men retain riches.

17 oThe merciful man does good for his own soul,

But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

18 The wicked man does deceptive work,

But phe who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.

19 As righteousness leads to qlife,

So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own rdeath.

20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,

But the blameless in their ways are His delight.

21 sThough they join 7forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;

But tthe posterity of the righteous will be delivered.

22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,

So is a lovely woman who lacks 8discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good,

But the expectation of the wicked uis wrath.

24 There is one who vscatters, yet increases more;

And there is one who withholds more than is right,

But it leads to poverty.

25 wThe generous soul will be made rich,

xAnd he who waters will also be watered himself.

26 The people will curse yhim who withholds grain,

But zblessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

27 He who earnestly seeks good 9finds favor,

aBut trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

28 bHe who trusts in his riches will fall,

But cthe righteous will flourish like foliage.

29 He who troubles his own house dwill inherit the wind,

And the fool will be eservant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

And fhe who 1wins souls is wise.

31 gIf the righteous will be 2recompensed on the earth,

How much more the ungodly and the sinner.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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