- False balances are an abomination before the Lord: but a just
weight is acceptable unto him.
- Wherever pride enters, there will be also disgrace: but the mouth
of the lowly meditates wisdom. [a]
- When a just man dies he [b] leaves
regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy, and causes joy.
- Righteousness [c] traces out blameless
paths: but ungodliness encounters unjust dealing.
- The righteousness of upright men delivers them: but transgressors
are caught in their own destruction.
- At the death of a just man his hope does not perish: but the boast
of the ungodly perishes.
- A righteous man escapes from a snare, and the ungodly man is
delivered up in his place.
- In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare to citizens: but the
understanding of righteous men is prosperous.
- In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospers: [d] but by the mouths of ungodly men it is
- A man void of understanding sneers at his fellow
citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.
- A double-tongued man discloses the secret counsels of an
assembly: but he that is [e] faithful in
spirit conceals matters.
- They that have no [f] guidance fall
like leaves: but in much counsel there is safety.
- A bad man does harm wherever he meets a just man: and he hates the
sound of safety.
- A gracious wife [g] brings glory to
her husband: but a woman hating righteousness is a theme of
dishonour. The slothful come to want: but the [h] diligent support themselves with wealth.
- A merciful man does good to his own soul: but the merciless
destroys his own body.
- An ungodly man performs unrighteous works: but the seed of the
righteous is a reward of truth.
- A righteous son is born for life: but the persecution of the
ungodly ends in death.
- Perverse ways are an abomination to the Lord: but all they that
are blameless in their ways are acceptable to him.
- He that unjustly strikes hands shall not be unpunished: but he
that sows righteousness shall receive a faithful reward.
- As an ornament in a swine's snout, so is beauty to an ill-minded
- All the desire of the righteous is good: but the hope of the
ungodly shall perish.
- There are some who scatter their own, and make it more:
and there are some also who gather, yet have
- Every sincere soul is blessed: but a passionate man is not
- May he that hoards corn leave it to the nation: but blessing be on
the head of him that gives it.
- He that devises good counsels seeks good favour: but
as for him that seeks after evil, evil shall
- He that trusts in wealth shall fall; but he that helps righteous
men shall rise. [j]
- He that deals not graciously with his own house shall inherit the
wind; and the fool shall be servant to the wise man.
- Out of the fruit of righteousness grows a tree of life; but the
souls of transgressors are cut off before their time.
- [k] If the righteous scarcely be saved,
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
[a] See Appendix.
[b] Comp. Heb.
[c] Gr. right divides. See 2 Tim 2.15.
[d] See Appendix.
[e] See chap. 20.27.
[f] Or, governance.
[g] Gr. raises.
[h] Gr. manly.
[i] Gr. diminished.
[j] See 1 Tim. 5.8.
[k] See 1 Pet. 4.18.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]