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Proverbs 11

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1A false balance and dishonest business practices are extremely offensive to the Lord,
But an accurate scale is His delight.

When pride comes [boiling up with an arrogant attitude of self-importance], then come dishonor and shame,
But with the humble [the teachable who have been chiseled by trial and who have learned to walk humbly with God] there is wisdom and soundness of mind.

The integrity and moral courage of the upright will guide them,
But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

Riches will not provide security in the day of wrath and judgment,
But righteousness rescues from death.

The righteousness of the blameless will smooth their way and keep it straight,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright will rescue them,
But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.

When the wicked man dies, his expectation will perish;
And the hope of [godless] strong men perishes.

[a]The righteous is rescued from trouble,
And the wicked takes his place.

With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge and discernment the righteous will be rescued.
10 
When it goes well for the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 
By the blessing [of the influence] of the upright the city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
12 
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.
13 
He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy and faithful keeps a matter hidden.
14 
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.
15 
He who puts up security and guarantees a debt for an outsider will surely suffer [for his foolishness],
But he who hates (declines) being a guarantor is secure [from its penalties].
16 
A gracious and good woman attains honor,
And ruthless men attain riches [but not respect].
17 
The merciful and generous man benefits his soul [for his behavior returns to bless him],
But the cruel and callous man does himself harm.
18 
The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness and lives his life with integrity will have a true reward [that is both permanent and satisfying].
19 
He who is steadfast in righteousness attains life,
But he who pursues evil attains his own death.
20 
The perverse in heart are repulsive and shamefully vile to the Lord,
But those who are blameless and above reproach in their walk are His delight!
21 
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
But the descendants of the righteous will be freed.
22 
As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a beautiful woman who is without discretion [her lack of character mocks her beauty].
23 
The desire of the righteous brings only good,
But the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.
24 
There is the one who [generously] scatters [abroad], and yet increases all the more;
And there is the one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want and poverty.
25 
The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched,
And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown].
26 
The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it],
But a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.
27 
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor and grace,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
28 
He who leans on and trusts in and is confident in his riches will fall,
But the righteous [who trust in God’s provision] will flourish like a green leaf.
29 
He who troubles (mismanages) his own house will inherit the wind (nothing),
And the foolish will be a servant to the wise-hearted.
30 
The fruit of the [consistently] righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise captures and wins souls [for God—he gathers them for eternity].
31 
If the righteous will be rewarded on the earth [with godly blessings],
How much more [will] the wicked and the sinner [be repaid with punishment]!

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 11:8 The famous eleventh-century rabbi known as Rashi told a fable illustrating this verse. He said that a fox once told a wolf to come with him and he would give him abundant food. It was night, and the fox led the wolf to a well with a bucket at each end of the rope. The fox got into the bucket at the top of the well and rode down to the bottom. When the wolf asked him what he was doing, the fox pointed to the reflection of the moon in the water and said, “There is plenty of cheese and meat down here. Get in the other bucket and come down right away!” The wolf did, and as he went down the fox was pulled up in the first bucket. When the fox got to the top, the wolf said, “How am I supposed to get out?” Thereupon the fox quoted this verse to him.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 11

1主は人をだます者を憎み、正直な人を愛します。
高慢な人は恥をかきますが、
謙遜な人は知恵を身につけます。
正しい人は誠実に歩み、
悪人は不正直なために破滅します。
財産さえあれば大丈夫と高をくくってはいけません。
さばきの日には、
正しく生きる人だけが救われるのです。
正しい人は正直に生き、
悪人は犯した罪の重さに耐えられず、
ついには押しつぶされてしまいます。
正しく生きる人の身は安全ですが、
裏切り者はいつかは破滅します。
悪人はこの世のことしか考えないので、
死んでしまえば希望もなくなります。
神は正しい人を危険な場所から助け出し、
代わりに悪者をその場所へ投げ込まれます。
悪人のことばは破壊し、
正しい人の知識は建て直します。
10 正しい人が成功すると町中が祝い、
罪深い人が死ぬとみな大喜びします。
11 神を信じる市民が良い影響を与えているうちは
町は栄え、
悪者たちによって道徳が腐敗すると、
町はたちまち衰えます。
12 隣近所とけんかをするほど愚かなことはありません。
賢い人は不必要なことは話しません。
13 おしゃべりな人は根も葉もないことを言いふらし、
信頼できる人はうわさ話を口にしません。
14 良い指導者がいなければ国民は苦しみ、
良い助言をする人がいれば国は安泰です。
15 保証人になる時は相手をよく見なさい。
あとで苦しむより、初めから断るほうが賢明です。
16 親切で優しい女は良い評判を得、
横暴な男は富を得ようとします。
17 人に親切にすると心が豊かになり、
思いやりのないことをすると気持ちがすさみます。
18 悪いことをしてもうけた金はすぐになくなり、
正しいことをして得た報酬はいつまでも残ります。
19 正しい人は生きる意味を見つけ、
悪人はただむなしく死んでいきます。
20 心の曲がった者を主はきらいます。
主が喜ぶのは正しい人です。
21 悪人はいつか必ず罰せられます。
しかし、神は正しい人の子孫をいつか必ず救います。
22 美人でも浅はかで慎みがない女性は、
まるで豚の鼻にかかった金の輪のようなものです。
23 正しい人は幸せを望み見、
悪者の望みは怒りを招きます。
24-25 惜しげなく人に施しても、
ますます金持ちになる人もあれば、
財布のひもを固く締めても、
一文無しになる人もいます。
物惜しみしない人が裕福になります。
人を潤すことで、自分も潤うのです。
26 値上がりするまで穀物を売り惜しみする者は恨まれ、
みなが困っているときに
それを売りに出す人は喜ばれます。
27 良いことをしようとひたすら努力する人は神に愛され、
悪いことばかりに熱中する者はきらわれます。
28 お金に頼ると失敗します。
神に頼れば、若木がすくすく成長するように、
すべてのことがうまくいきます。
29 家族を怒らせるような愚か者は、
やがて大事なものまでもなくし、
ついには知恵ある人の使用人になりさがります。
30 神を信じる人はいのちの実のなる木を育て、
知恵ある人は人のたましいを破滅から救います。
31 神を信じる人がこの世で報われるとすれば、
神に逆らう者が相応の報いを受けるのは当然です。