December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- False scales are an abomination to the LORD, but a full weight is his delight.
- When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom.
- The honesty of the upright guides them; the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.
- 1 Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, but virtue saves from death.
- The honest man's virtue makes his way straight, but by his wickedness the wicked man falls.
- The virtue of the upright saves them, but the faithless are caught in their own intrigue.
- When a wicked man dies his hope perishes, and what is expected from strength comes to nought.
- The just man escapes trouble, and the wicked man falls into it in his stead.
- With his mouth the impious man would ruin his neighbor, but through their knowledge the just make their escape.
- When the just prosper, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
- Through the blessing of the righteous the city is exalted, but through the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
- He who reviles his neighbor has no sense, but the intelligent man keeps silent.
- A newsmonger reveals secrets, but a trustworthy man keeps a confidence.
- For lack of guidance a people falls; security lies in many counselors.
- He is in a bad way who becomes surety for another, but he who hates giving pledges is safe.
- A gracious woman wins esteem, but she who hates virtue is covered with shame. (The slothful become impoverished, but the diligent gain wealth.)
- A kindly man benefits himself, but a merciless man harms himself.
- The wicked man makes empty profits, but he who sows virture has a sure reward.
- Virtue directs toward life, but he who pursues evil does so to his death.
- The depraved in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight.
- Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are just shall escape.
- Like a golden ring in a swine's snout is a beautiful woman with a rebellious disposition.
- The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
- One man is lavish yet grows still richer; another is too sparing, yet is the poorer.
- He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
- Him who monopolizes grain, the people curse-- but blessings upon the head of him who distributes it!
- He who seeks the good commands favor, but he who pursues evil will have evil befall him.
- He who trusts in his riches will fall, but like green leaves the just flourish.
- He who upsets his household has empty air for a heritage; and the fool will become slave to the wise man.
- The fruit of virtue is a tree of life, but violence takes lives away.
- If the just man is punished on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
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