False balances are an abomination before the Lord: but a just weight is acceptable to him. Wherever pride enters, there will be also disgrace: but the mouth of the lowly meditates wisdom. * When a just man dies he leaves regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy, and causes joy. § Possessions will not profit in a day of wrath, but righteousness will deliver from death. Righteousness ** traces out blameless paths: but ungodliness encounters unjust dealing. The righteousness of upright men delivers them: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction. At the death of a just man his hope does not perish: but the boast of the ungodly perishes. A righteous man escapes from a snare, and the ungodly man is delivered up in his place. In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare to citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous. 10 In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospers: †† but by the mouth of ungodly men it is overthrown. 11  ‡‡ At the blessing of the upright a city shall be exalted. 12 A man void of understanding sneers at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet. 13 A double-tongued man discloses the secret counsels of an assembly: but he that is §§ faithful in spirit conceals matters. 14 They that have no *** guidance fall like leaves: but in much counsel there is safety. 15 A bad man does harm wherever he meets a just man: and he hates the sound of safety. 16 A gracious wife ††† brings glory to her husband: but a woman hating righteousness is a theme of dishonor. The slothful come to lack: but the ‡‡‡ diligent support themselves with wealth. 17 A merciful man does good to his own soul: but the merciless destroys his own body. 18 An ungodly man performs unrighteous works: but the seed of the righteous is a reward of truth. 19 A righteous son is born for life: but the persecution of the ungodly ends in death. 20 Perverse ways are an abomination to the Lord: but all they that are blameless in their ways are acceptable to him. 21 He that unjustly strikes hands shall not be unpunished: but he that sows righteousness he shall receive a faithful reward. 22 As an ornament in a swine's snout, so is beauty to an ill-minded women. 23 All the desire of the righteous is good: but the hope of the ungodly shall perish. 24 There are some who scatter their own, and make it more: and there are some also who gather, yet have less. §§§ 25 Every sincere soul is blessed: but a passionate man is not graceful. 26 May he that hoards corn leave it to the nation: but blessing be on the head of him that gives it. 27 He that devises good counsels seeks good favor: but as for him that seeks after evil, evil shall overtake him. 28 He that trusts in wealth shall fall; but he that helps righteous men shall rise. * 29 He that deals not graciously with his own house shall inherit the wind; and the fool shall be servant to the wise man. 30 Out of the fruit of righteousness grows a tree of life; but the souls of transgressors are cut off before their time. 31  If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
* 11:2 See Appendix 11:3 the Alexandrine text reads: “The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the overthrow of the rebellious shall spoil them.” 11:3 Comp. Heb. § 11:4 there is no verse 4. The Alexandrine text has this. ** 11:5 Gr. right divides. †† 11:10 See Appendix which gives the Alexandrine text as: “[note - Part of verse 10.]— but at the destruction of the wicked there is exultation.” ‡‡ 11:11 there is no verse 11, but the Alexandrine text reads. §§ 11:13 See chap 20.27. *** 11:14 Or, governance. ††† 11:16 Gr. raises. ‡‡‡ 11:16 Gr. manly. §§§ 11:24 Gr. diminished. * 11:28 See 1 Tim 5.8. 11:31 See 1 Pet.