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Proverbs 11

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1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Balance. Both in commerce, (Deut. xxv. 13. C.) and in passing sentence on others. Ven. Bede.

Ver. 2. Wisdom. God resists the proud. c. xvi. 18. and xviii. 12. and Jam. iv. 6.

Ver. 7. Solicitous. Or ambitious. Heb. “the potent,” or Sept. “the impious.”

Ver. 8. For him. As comparatively nothing worth to his master. C. xxi. 18. Is. xliii. 3

Ver. 11. Overthrown. Ten just men would have saved Sodom. Achan alone threw all Israel into confusion. C.

Ver. 12. Mean. Lit. “indigent” of sense. H. — We must put up with some faults, as none are without. Hor. i. Sat. 3. C.

Ver. 13. Walketh. Sept. “the double-tongued,” dissembler, or great talker. C.

Ver. 15. That is. Heb. “that hateth those who make agreements is secure.” Mont.

Ver. 16. Gracious. Virtuous and beautiful, as God hath granted beauty also for good purposes. This and virtue tend to the advancement of women, while men can use their strength to acquire riches. C. — Glory. Sept. Syr. and Arab. add, “of her husband. But she that hateth righteousness is a throne of disgrace. The slothful, though rich, shall come to poverty; but the laborious shall retain their riches.” Two hemistics seem to be lost in Heb. Kennicott. — Most of the additions in the Sept. are only glosses, or useless repetitions, (C.) though they seem not to be so in this place. H.

Ver. 17. Kindred. Heb. “flesh.” Gen. xxix. 14. The miser is cruel even to himself.

Ver. 21. In hand. At rest, or making agreements. God will punish the race of the wicked.

Ver. 22. Foolish. Beauty, without prudence, leads to ruin, as ornaments are ill bestowed on swine. The women in the east sometimes wore rings in their noses, (Gen. xxiv. 22. C.) or hanging down upon them. Is. iii. 21. M.

Ver. 24. Others. Moderation is always requisite. Heb. “there is one withholding from rectitude, yet for a defect,” (Mont.) being too saving, he is a loser. H. — Avarice does not always increase riches. C.

Ver. 25. Himself. He shall receive abundantly. 2 Cor. ix. 6. The beneficent shall be amply rewarded both in this world and in the next.

Ver. 26. Corn. In times of scarcity. See Amos viii. 7.

Ver. 29. House. By his profligacy, or law-suits, shall be impoverished, (v. 17. C.) or if he act with violence, he will make his house empty. Eccli. iv. 35. M.

Ver. 30. Life. Producing excellent fruits of virtue and edification.

Ver. 31. Receive. Punishment, for almost inevitable faults, or be treated according to his deserts. Sept. Syr. and Arab. “if the just be hardly saved, where shall the impious and the sinner appear?” 1 Pet. iv. 18. C. — Afflictions attend the just in this life. Shall the wicked escape? M.