1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
1 The LORD hates false scales, but he delights in accurate weights.
1 A false balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
2 When pride appears, disgrace accompanies it, but humility is present with wisdom.
2 When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
3 The integrity of the righteous guides them, but the hypocrisy of the treacherous destroys them.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
4 Wealth won't help in the time of judgment, but righteousness will deliver from death.
4 Riches provide no security in any day of wrath and judgment, but righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
5 The righteousness of the blameless clears his path,but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
5 The righteousness of the innocent creates a level path, but the wicked fall by their wickedness.
5 The righteousness of the blameless shall rectify and make plain their way and keep it straight, but the wicked shall fall by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are trapped by their evil desires.
6 The righteousness of the upright [their rectitude in every area and relation] shall deliver them, but the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity and greedy desire.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
7 When a wicked person dies, his hope vanishes; and what he expected from his scheming comes to nothing.
7 When the wicked man dies, his hope [for the future] perishes; and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
8 The righteous person is delivered from trouble; it comes upon the wicked instead.
8 The [uncompromisingly] righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked gets into it instead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
9 With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor,but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
9 By what he says, the godless person can destroy his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.
9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
10 The city rejoices when the righteous prosper, and when the wicked perish there is jubilation.
10 When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
11 Through the blessing of the righteous a city is built up, but what the wicked say tears it down.
11 By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God's favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but the discerning man controls his comments.
12 He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
13 Whoever spreads gossip betrays secrets, but the trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
14 A nation falls through a lack of guidance, but victory comes through the counsel of many.
14 Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
15 Securing a loan for a stranger will bring suffering, but by refusing to do so, one remains safe.
15 He who becomes security for an outsider shall smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure [from its penalties].
16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
16 A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men attain wealth.
16 A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him.
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
17 A gracious man benefits himself, but the cruel person damages himself.
17 The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
18 Evil people earn deceptive wages, but those who plant righteousness are truly rewarded.
18 The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying].
19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
19 Genuine righteousness leads to life, but whoever pursues evil will die.
19 He who is steadfast in righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) attains to life, but he who pursues evil does 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.
20 Devious minds are abhorrent to the LORD, but those whose ways are innocent are his delight.
20 They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight!
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
21 Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free.
21 Assuredly [I pledge it] the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the multitude of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
22 As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
23 The desire of the righteous is to seek good, but the hope of the wicked results in wrath.
23 The desire of the [consistently] righteous brings only good, but the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
24 Those who give freely gain even more; others hold back what they owe, becoming even poorer.
24 There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
25 A generous person will prosper, and anyone who gives water will receive a flood in return.
25 The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.
26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
26 People will curse whoever withholds grain, but blessing will come to whoever is selling.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.
27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
27 The person seeking good will find favor, but anyone who searches for evil it will find him!
27 He who diligently seeks good seeks [God's] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.
28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
28 The person who trusts in his wealth will fall, but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
28 He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like a green bough.
29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
29 Whoever troubles his household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise.
29 He who troubles 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 winneth souls is wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who wins people is wise.
30 The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men -- "he gathers and receives them for eternity].
31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
31 If the righteous receive what they are due here on earth, how much more will the wicked and the sinner.
31 Behold, the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be recompensed on earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner! And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and wicked?
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