1 The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in
2 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes
3 Good people are guided by their honesty;
treacherous people are destroyed by their
4 Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but
right living is a safeguard against death.
5 The godly are directed by their honesty; the
wicked fall beneath their load of sin.
6 The godliness of good people rescues them; the
ambition of treacherous people traps them.
7 When the wicked die, their hopes all perish, for
they rely on their own feeble strength.
8 God rescues the godly from danger, but he lets the
wicked fall into trouble.
9 Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment
rescues the godly.
10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;
they shout for joy when the godless die.
11 Upright citizens bless a city and make it
prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
12 It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person
with good sense remains silent.
13 A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those
who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with
many counselors, there is safety.
15 Guaranteeing a loan for a stranger is dangerous;
it is better to refuse than to suffer later.
16 Beautiful women obtain wealth, and violent men
17 Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but
you destroy yourself when you are cruel.
18 Evil people get rich for the moment, but the
reward of the godly will last.
19 Godly people find life; evil people find death.
20 The Lord hates people with twisted hearts, but he
delights in those who have integrity.
21 You can be sure that evil people will be
punished, but the children of the godly will go
22 A woman who is beautiful but lacks discretion is
like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23 The godly can look forward to happiness, while
the wicked can expect only wrath.
24 It is possible to give freely and become more
wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose
25 The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who
refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
26 People curse those who hold their grain for
higher prices, but they bless the one who sells to
them in their time of need.
27 If you search for good, you will find favor; but
if you search for evil, it will find you!
28 Trust in your money and down you go! But the
godly flourish like leaves in spring.
29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit
only the wind. The fool will be a servant to the
30 The godly are like trees that bear life-giving
fruit, and those who save lives are wise.
31 If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, how
much more true that the wicked and the sinner will
get what they deserve!