1A false balance is abhorrent to Yahweh, a just weight is pleasing to him. 2Pride comes first; disgrace soon fol ows; with the humble is wisdom found. 3The honest have their own honesty for guidance, the treacherous are ruined by their own perfidy. 4In the day of retribution riches wil be useless, but uprightness delivers from death. 5The uprightness of the good makes their way straight, the wicked fal by their own wickedness. 6Their uprightness sets the honest free, the treacherous are imprisoned by their own desires. 7The hope of the wicked perishes with death, hope placed in riches comes to nothing. 8The upright escapes affliction, the wicked incurs it instead. 9Through his mouth the godless is the ruin of his neighbour, but by knowledge the upright aresafeguarded. 10When the upright prosper the city rejoices, when the wicked are ruined there is a shout of joy. 11A city is raised on the blessing of the honest, and demolished by the mouth of the wicked. 12Whoever looks down on a neighbour lacks good sense; the intelligent keeps a check on the tongue. 13A tittle-tattler lets secrets out, the trustworthy keeps things hidden. 14For want of leadership a people perishes, safety lies in many advisers. 15Whoever goes bail for a stranger does himself harm, but one who shuns going surety is safe. 16A gracious woman acquires honour, violent people acquire wealth. 17Faithful love brings its own reward, the inflexible injure their own selves. 18Disappointment crowns the labours of the wicked, whoever sows uprightness reaps a solid reward. 19Whoever establishes uprightness is on the way to life, whoever pursues evil, on the way to death. 20Tortuous hearts are abhorrent to Yahweh, dear to him, those whose ways are blameless. 21Be sure of it, the wicked wil not go unpunished, but the race of the upright wil come to no harm. 22A golden ring in the snout of a pig is a lovely woman who lacks discretion. 23The hope of the upright is nothing but good, the expectation of the wicked is retribution. 24One scatters money around, yet only adds to his wealth, another is excessively mean, but only growsthe poorer. 25The soul who blesses wil prosper, whoever satisfies others wil also be satisfied. 26The people's curse is on those who hoard the wheat, their blessing on the head of those who sel it. 27Whoever strives for good obtains favour, whoever looks for evil wil get an evil return. 28Whoever trusts in riches wil have a fal , the upright wil flourish like the leaves. 29Whoever misgoverns a house inherits the wind, and the fool becomes slave to the wise. 30The fruit of the upright is a tree of life: the sage captivates souls. 31If here on earth the upright gets due reward, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
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