New English Translation
1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but an accurate weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them.
4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.
5 The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires.
7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, and the hope of his strength perishes.
8 The righteous person is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked turns up in his stead.
9 With his speech the godless person destroys his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10 When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.
11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from the upright, but it is destroyed by the counsel of the wicked.
12 The one who denounces his neighbor lacks wisdom, but the one who has discernment keeps silent.
13 The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
14 When there is no guidance a nation falls, but there is success in the abundance of counselors.
15 The one who puts up security for a stranger will surely have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands will be secure.
16 A generous woman gains honor, and ruthless men seize wealth.
17 A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.
18 The wicked person earns deceitful wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a genuine reward.
19 True righteousness leads to life, but the one who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
20 The LORD abhors those who are perverse in heart, but those who are blameless in their ways are his delight.
21 Be assured that the evil person will certainly be punished, but the descendants of the righteous will not suffer unjust judgment.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who rejects discretion.
23 What the righteous desire leads only to good, but what the wicked hope for leads to wrath.
24 One person is generous and yet grows more wealthy, but another withholds more than he should and comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied.
26 People will curse the one who withholds grain, but they will praise the one who sells it.
27 The one who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but the one who searches for evil - it will come to him.
28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 The one who troubles his family will inherit nothing, and the fool will be a servant to the wise person.
30 The fruit of the righteous is like a tree producing life, and the one who wins souls is wise.
31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth, how much more the wicked sinner!
King James Version
1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.