Proverbs 11:9-18

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,

but through knowledge the righteous escape.

When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;

when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,

but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,

but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

A gossip betrays a confidence,

but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

For lack of guidance a nation falls,

but victory is won through many advisers.

Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,

but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

A kindhearted woman gains honor,

but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Those who are kind benefit themselves,

but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

A wicked person earns deceptive wages,

but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

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