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12.5
PROVERBS

18The wicked earneth deceitful wages;
But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
 
19Stedfast righteousness tendeth to life;
But he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
 
20They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord;
But such as are upright in their way are His delight.
 
21My hand upon it! the evil man shall not be unpunished;
But the seed of the righteous shall escape.
 
22As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman that turneth aside from discretion.
 
23The desire of the righteous is only good;
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
 
24There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth;
And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
 
25The beneficent soul shall be made rich,
And he that satisfieth abundantly shall be satisfied also himself.
 
26He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him;
But blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
 
27He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour;
But he that searcheth for evil, it shall come unto him.
 
28He that trusteth in his riches shall fall;
But the righteous shall flourish as foliage.
 
29He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind;
And the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.
 
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
And he that is wise winneth souls.
 
31Behold, the righteous shall be requited in the earth;
How much more the wicked and the sinner!


12 Whoso loveth knowledge loveth correction;
But he that is brutish hateth reproof.
 
2A good man shall obtain favour of the Lord;
But a man of wicked devices will He condemn.
 
3A man shall not be established by wickedness;
But the root of the righteous shall never be moved.
 
4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband;
But she that doeth shamefully is as rottenness in his bones.
 
5The thoughts of the righteous are right;
But the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
 

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