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 1 A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will.  2 Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there also is wisdom.  3 The simplicity of the just shall guide them: and the deceitfulness of the wicked shall destroy them.  4 Riches shall not profit in the day of revenge: but justice shall deliver from death.  5 The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous: and the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness.

 6 The justice of the righteous shall deliver them: and the unjust shall be caught in their own snares.  7 When the wicked man is dead, there shall be no hope any more: and the expectation of the solicitous shall perish.  8 The just is delivered out of distress: and the wicked shall be given up for him.  9 The dissembler with his mouth deceiveth his friend: but the just shall be delivered by knowledge.  10 When it goeth well with the just the city shall rejoice: and when the wicked perish there shall be praise.

 11 By the blessing of the just the city shall be exalted: and by the mouth of the wicked it shall be overthrown.  12 He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace.  13 He that walketh deceitfully, revealeth secrets: but he that is faithful, concealeth the thing committed to him by his friend.  14 Where there is no governor, the people shall fall: but there is safety where there is much counsel.  15 He shall be afflicted with evil, that is surety for a stranger: but he that is aware of the snares, shall be secure.

 16 A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches.  17 A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even his own kindred.  18 The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth justice, there is a faithful reward.  19 Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death.  20 A perverse heart is abominable to the Lord: and his will is in them that walk sincerely.

 21 Hand in hand the evil man shall not be innocent: but the seed of the just shall be saved.  22 A golden ring in a swine's snout, a woman fair and foolish.  23 The desire of the just is all good: the expectation of the wicked is indignation.  24 Some distribute their own goods, and grow richer: others take away what is not their own, and are always in want.  25 The soul which blesseth, shall be made fat: and he that inebriateth, shall be inebriated also himself.

 26 He that hideth up corn, shall be cursed among the people: but a blessing upon the head of them that sell.  27 Well doth he rise early who seeketh good things; but he that seeketh after evil things shall be oppressed by them.  28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the just shall spring up as a green leaf.  29 He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the winds: and the fool shall serve the wise.  30 The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls, is wise.

 31 If the just man receive in the earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.

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