Proverbs 11 King James Version

11 1  A false [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13  A talebearer [4] 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 [5] 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 [6] 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 [7] 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 [8] souls is wise.

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


[1] 11:1 A false...: Heb. Balances of deceit

[2] 11:5 direct: Heb. rectify

[3] 11:12 void...: Heb. destitute of heart

[4] 11:13 A talebearer: Heb. He that walketh, being a talebearer

[5] 11:15 smart: Heb. be sore broken

[6] 11:22 is without: Heb. departeth from

[7] 11:25 liberal...: Heb. soul of blessing

[8] 11:30 winneth: Heb. taketh

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