1 The LORD hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.
2 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
3 Good people are guided by their honesty; treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty.
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 get rich.
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 free.
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 everything.
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 wise.
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!
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