English Revised Version
A False Balance is an Abomination
1A FALSE balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.
4Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but they that deal treacherously shall be taken in their own mischief.
7When a wicked man dieth his expectation shall perish: and the hope of iniquity perisheth.
8The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.
10When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12He that despiseth his neighbour is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: but he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.
17The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18The wicked earneth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
19He that is stedfast in righteousness shall attain unto life: and he that pursueth evil doeth it to his own death.
20They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD: but such as are perfect in their way are his delight.
21Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
23The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
25The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour: but he that searcheth after mischief, it shall come unto him.
28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that is wise winneth souls.
31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner!