The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know (speak) what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked knows (speaks) what is perverted (twisted).
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
A 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.
- 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.