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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 11

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1False scales are an abomination to the LORD but a full weight is his delight. j Prv 16, 11; 20, 10; Lv 19, 35f .

2When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom.

3The honesty of the upright guides them; the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.

4Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, k Prv 10, 2 . but virtue saves from death.*

5The honest man's virtue makes his way straight, but by his wickedness the wicked man falls. l Prv 28, 18 .

6The virtue of the upright saves them, but the faithless are caught in their own intrigue.

7When a wicked man dies his hope perishes, m Prv 10, 28; WIs 3, 18 . and what is expected from strength comes to nought.

8The just man escapes trouble, and the wicked man falls into it in his stead.

9With his mouth the impious man would ruin his neighbor, n Prv 29, 5 . but through their knowledge the just make their escape.

10When the just prosper, the city rejoices; o Prv 28, 12; 29, 2 . and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.

11Through the blessing of the righteous the city is exalted, but through the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.

12He who reviles his neighbor has no sense, but the intelligent man keeps silent.

13A newsmonger reveals secrets, p Prv 20, 19 . but a trustworthy man keeps a confidence.

14For lack of guidance a people falls; security lies in many counselors. q Prv 15, 22; 20, 18; 24, 6 .

15He is in a bad way who becomes surety for another, r Prv 6, 1f . but he who hates giving pledges is safe. 16A gracious woman wins esteem, but she who hates virtue is covered with shame. [The slothful become impoverished, but the diligent gain wealth.]

17A kindly man benefits himself, but a merciless man harms himself.

18The wicked man makes empty profits, but he who sows virtue has a sure reward. s Prv 10, 16 .

19Virtue directs toward life, but he who pursues evil does so to his death.

20The depraved in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight.

21Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are just shall escape.

22Like a golden ring in a swine's snout is a beautiful woman with a rebellious disposition.

23The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24One man is lavish yet grows still richer; another is too sparing, yet is the poorer.

25He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

26Him who monopolizes grain, the people curse— but blessings upon the head of him who distributes it!

27He who seeks the good commands favor, but he who pursues evil will have evil befall him.

28He who trusts in his riches will fall, but like green leaves the just flourish. t Ps 52, 9f .

29He who upsets his household has empty air for a heritage; and the fool will become slave to the wise man.

30The fruit of virtue is a tree of life, but violence takes lives away.

31If the just man is punished on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner! u 1 Pt 4, 18 .

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