Proverbs 11:9-18

With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
He who despises his neighbor lacks [a]sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is [b]trustworthy conceals a matter.
Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is [c]victory.
He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it,
But he who hates [d]being a guarantor is secure.
A gracious woman attains honor,
And ruthless men attain riches.
The merciful man does [e]himself good,
But the cruel man [f]does himself harm.
The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.


Footnotes
  1. Proverbs 11:12 Lit heart
  2. Proverbs 11:13 Lit faithful of spirit
  3. Proverbs 11:14 Lit deliverance
  4. Proverbs 11:15 Lit those who strike hands
  5. Proverbs 11:17 Lit good to his own soul
  6. Proverbs 11:17 Lit troubles his flesh

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