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1A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will. 2Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there also is wisdom. 3The simplicity of the just shall guide them: and the deceitfulness of the wicked shall destroy them. 4Riches shall not profit in the day of revenge: but justice shall deliver from death. 5The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous: and the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness. 6The justice of the righteous shall deliver them: and the unjust shall be caught in their own snares. 7When the wicked man is dead, there shall be no hope any more: and the expectation of the solicitous shall perish. 8The just is delivered out of distress: and the wicked shall be given up for him. 9The dissembler with his mouth deceiveth his friend: but the just shall be delivered by knowledge. 10When it goeth well with the just the city shall rejoice: and when the wicked perish there shall be praise. 11By the blessing of the just the city shall be exalted: and by the mouth of the wicked it shall be overthrown. 12He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace. 13He that walketh deceitfully, revealeth secrets: but he that is faithful, concealeth the thing committed to him by his friend. 14Where there is no governor, the people shall fall: but there is safety where there is much counsel. 15He shall be afflicted with evil, that is surety for a stranger: but he that is aware of the snares, shall be secure. 16A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches. 17A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even his own kindred. 18The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth justice, there is a faithful reward. 19Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death. 20A perverse heart is abominable to the Lord: and his will is in them that walk sincerely. 21Hand in hand the evil man shall not be innocent: but the seed of the just shall be saved. 22A golden ring in a swine's snout, a woman fair and foolish. 23The desire of the just is all good: the expectation of the wicked is indignation. 24Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take away what is not their own, and are always in want. 25The soul which blesseth, shall be made fat: and he that inebriateth, shall be inebriated also himself. 26He that hideth up corn, shall be cursed among the people: but a blessing upon the head of them that sell. 27Well doth he rise early who seeketh good things; but he that seeketh after evil things shall be oppressed by them. 28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the just shall spring up as a green leaf. 29He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the winds: and the fool shall serve the wise. 30The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls, is wise. 31If the just man receive in the earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.
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