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Proverbs 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:1 - A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
but a just weight is his delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:3 - The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:4 - Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:5 - The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:6 - The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:7 - When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth[fn] perishes too.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:8 - The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:9 - With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:10 - When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:11 - By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:12 - Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:13 - Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:14 - Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:15 - Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:16 - A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:17 - A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:18 - The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:19 - Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:20 - Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:21 - Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:22 - Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:24 - One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:25 - Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:26 - The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:27 - Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[fn]
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:28 - Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:29 - Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:31 - If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
ESV Footnotes
Or of his strength, or of iniquity
Or acceptance

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