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Proverbs 11 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:1 - The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales,
but he delights in accurate weights.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:2 - Pride leads to disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:3 - Honesty guides good people;
dishonesty destroys treacherous people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:4 - Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,
but right living can save you from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:5 - The godly are directed by honesty;
the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:6 - The godliness of good people rescues them;
the ambition of treacherous people traps them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:7 - When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
for they rely on their own feeble strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:8 - The godly are rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:9 - With their words, the godless destroy their friends,
but knowledge will rescue the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:10 - The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;
they shout for joy when the wicked die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:11 - Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper,
but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:12 - It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;
a sensible person keeps quiet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:13 - A gossip goes around telling secrets,
but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:14 - Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
there is safety in having many advisers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:15 - There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;
it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:16 - A gracious woman gains respect,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:17 - Your kindness will reward you,
but your cruelty will destroy you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:18 - Evil people get rich for the moment,
but the reward of the godly will last.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:19 - Godly people find life;
evil people find death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:20 - The LORD detests people with crooked hearts,
but he delights in those with integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:21 - Evil people will surely be punished,
but the children of the godly will go free.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:22 - A beautiful woman who lacks discretion
is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:23 - The godly can look forward to a reward,
while the wicked can expect only judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:24 - Give freely and become more wealthy;
be stingy and lose everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:25 - The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:26 - People curse those who hoard their grain,
but they bless the one who sells in time of need.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:27 - If you search for good, you will find favor;
but if you search for evil, it will find you!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:28 - Trust in your money and down you go!
But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:29 - Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.
The fool will be a servant to the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:30 - The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;
a wise person wins friends.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:31 - If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,
what will happen to wicked sinners?[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Or and those who win souls are wise.
Greek version reads If the righteous are barely saved, / what will happen to godless sinners? Compare 1 Pet 4:18.

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