The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 11:1–31

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A false balance is an abomination to YHWH; but a perfect weight is His delight.

FALSE scales are an abomination to the LORD; but just weights are his delight.

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When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.

Wherever pride enters, there will be also disgrace: but the mouth of the lowly meditates wisdom.

Where baseness comes, then comes shame; but with the meek is wisdom.

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The integrity of the upright shall guide them; but the perverseness of the faithless shall destroy them.

When a just man dies he leaves regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy, and causes joy.

The hope of the upright shall be granted; but the pride of the wicked shall be destroyed.

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Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivereth from death.

Wealth will not profit in the day of vengeance. But justice shall liberate from death.

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The righteousness of the sincere shall make straight his way; but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Righteousness traces out blameless paths: but ungodliness encounters unjust dealing.

The justice of the simple shall direct his way. And the impious will fall in his impiety.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; but the faithless shall be trapped in their own crafty device.

The righteousness of upright men delivers them: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction.

The justice of the upright shall free them. And the iniquitous will be seized by their own treachery.

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish, and the hope of strength perisheth.

At the death of a just man his hope does not perish: but the boast of the ungodly perishes.

When the impious man is dead, there will no longer be any hope. And the expectation of the anxious will perish.

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

A righteous man escapes from a snare, and the ungodly man is delivered up in his place.

The just one is freed from anguish. And the impious one will be handed over instead of him.

With his mouth the impious man destroyeth his neighbour; but through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.

In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare to citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous.

The pretender deceives his friend by mouth. But the just shall be freed by knowledge.

10  When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth; and when the wicked perish, there is joy.

10  In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospers

10  In the good of the just, the city shall exult. And in the perdition of the impious, there shall be praise.

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11  By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

11  but by the mouth of ungodly men it is overthrown.

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12  He that despiseth his neighbour lacketh understanding; but a man of discernment holdeth his peace.

12  A man void of understanding sneers at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.

12  Whoever despises his friend is destitute in heart. But the prudent man will remain silent.

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13  He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.

13  A double-tongued man discloses the secret counsels of an assembly: but he that is faithful in spirit conceals matters.

13  An adversary reveals secrets; but he who is faithful in his spirit conceals the matter.

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14  Where no wise direction is, a people falleth; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

14  They that have no guidance fall like leaves: but in much counsel there is safety.

14  Where there is no governor, the people shall fall. But where there is much counsel, well-being shall be.

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15  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; but he that hateth them that strike hands is secure.

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16  A gracious woman obtaineth honour; and strong men obtain riches.

16  A gracious wife brings glory to her husband: but a woman hating righteousness is a theme of dishonour. The slothful come to want: but the diligent support themselves with wealth.

16  A gracious woman sustains the honor of her husband; a woman who hates the truth is the seat of dishonor. Lazy men are in want even when they are rich; and strong men retain knowledge.

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

17  A merciful man does good to his own soul: but the merciless destroys his own body.

17  A merciful man benefits his own soul. But whoever is cruel casts out even his close relatives.

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

18  An ungodly man performs unrighteous works: but the seed of the righteous is a reward of truth.

18  The impious does work with inconstancy. But for the sower of justice, there is the reward of faithfulness.

19  Stedfast righteousness tendeth to life; but he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

19  A righteous son is born for life: but the persecution of the ungodly ends in death.

19  Clemency prepares life. And the pursuit of evils prepares death.

20  They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to YHWH; but such as are upright in their way are His delight.

20  Perverse ways are an abomination to the Lord: but all they that are blameless in their ways are acceptable to him.

20  A depraved heart is abominable to the Lord. And his will is with those who walk in simplicity.

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21  My hand upon it! the evil man shall not be unpunished; but the seed of the righteous shall escape.

21  He that unjustly strikes hands shall not be unpunished: but he that sows righteousness he shall receive a faithful reward.

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22  As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman that turneth aside from discretion.

22  As an ornament in a swine’s snout, so is beauty to an ill-minded women.

22  A beautiful and senseless woman is like a gold ring in the snout of a swine.

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23  The desire of the righteous is only good; but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

23  All the desire of the righteous is good: but the hope of the ungodly shall perish.

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24  There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.

24  There are some who scatter their own, and make it more: and there are some also who gather, yet have less.

24  Some distribute their own goods, and they become wealthier. Others seize what is not their own, and they are always in need.

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25  The beneficent soul shall be made rich, and he that satisfieth abundantly shall be satisfied also himself.

25  Every sincere soul is blessed: but a passionate man is not graceful.

25  The liberal soul shall be enriched; and the accursed one shall be cursed more.

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

26  Whoever hides away grain shall be cursed among the people. But a blessing is upon the head of those who sell it.

26  He who holds back grain in the day of distress shall fall into the hands of his enemies; but a blessing shall be upon the head of him who sells it.

27  He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour; but he that searcheth for evil, it shall come unto him.

27  He does well to rise early, who seeks what is good. But whoever is a seeker of evils shall be oppressed by them.

27  He who diligently seeks good procures favor; but he who seeks mischief, it shall come upon him.

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28  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as foliage.

28  Whoever trusts in his riches will fall. But the just shall spring up like a green leaf.

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

29  Whoever troubles his own house will possess the winds. And whoever is foolish will serve the wise.

29  He who builds his house with deceit shall leave to his children sorrows; and he who fails to make his household tranquil shall bequeath the wind to his children; and the fool shall be servant to the wise.

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

30  Out of the fruit of righteousness grows a tree of life; but the souls of transgressors are cut off before their time.

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31  Behold, the righteous shall be requited in the earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner!

31  If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

31  If the just are repaid upon the earth, how much more the impious and the sinner!