Proverbs 11 American Standard Version

11 1  A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; 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 the treacherous 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 the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity.

7  When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perisheth.

8  The righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked cometh in his stead.

9  With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous 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 despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13  He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.

14  Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

15  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; But he that hateth suretyship is secure.

16  A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.

17  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18  The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness [hath] a sure reward.

19  He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life; And he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.

20  They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are perfect in [their] way are his delight.

21  [Though] hand [join] in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22  [As] a ring of gold in a swine's snout, [So is] a fair woman that 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 increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] only to want.

25  The liberal soul shall be made fat; And he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

26  He that withholdeth grain, the people shall curse him; But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

27  He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.

28  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; But the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.

29  He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise winneth souls.

31  Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!


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