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Proverbs 11 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Folly of Wickedness
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:1 - Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD,
But a just weight is His delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:3 - The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy 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 will direct[fn] his way aright,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:6 - The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:7 - When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:8 - The righteous is delivered from trouble,
And it comes to the wicked instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:9 - The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:10 - When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:11 - By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:12 - He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:13 - A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:14 - Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:15 - He who is surety for a stranger will suffer,
But one who hates being surety is secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:16 - A gracious woman retains honor,
But ruthless men retain riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:17 - The merciful man does good for his own soul,
But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:18 - The wicked man does deceptive work,
But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:19 - As righteousness leads to life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:20 - Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD,
But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:21 - Though they join forces,[fn] the wicked will not go unpunished;
But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:22 - As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:23 - The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:24 - There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:25 - The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:26 - The people will curse him who withholds grain,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:27 - He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:28 - He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:29 - He who troubles his own house 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 he who wins souls is wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:31 - If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
How much more the ungodly and the sinner.
NKJV Footnotes
Or make smooth or straight
Literally hand to hand

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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