Proverbs 3:27–32; Proverbs 10:2; Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 13:3; Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 14:2; Proverbs 14:5; Proverbs 15:27; Proverbs 16:6; Proverbs 16:8; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 17:2; Proverbs 17:8; Proverbs 17:23; Proverbs 20:21; Proverbs 21:3; Proverbs 21:6–8; Proverbs 22:22–23; Proverbs 24:23–26; Proverbs 28:3; Proverbs 28:6; Proverbs 28:8; Proverbs 31:8–9

27  rDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due,1

when it is in your power to do it.

28  sDo not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again,

tomorrow I will give itwhen you have it with you.

29  tDo not plan evil against your neighbor,

who udwells trustingly beside you.

30  vDo not contend with a man for no reason,

when he has done you no harm.

31  wDo not envy xa man of violence

and do not choose any of his ways,

32  for ythe devious person is an abomination to the Lord,

but the upright are zin his confidence.

fTreasures gained by wickedness do not profit,

gbut righteousness delivers from death.

11  aA false balance is an abomination to the Lord,

bbut a just weight is his delight.

tWhoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

uhe who opens wide his lips vcomes to ruin.

11  gWealth gained hastily1 will dwindle,

but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Whoever hwalks in uprightness fears the Lord,

but he who is idevious in his ways despises him.

lA faithful witness does not lie,

but ma false witness breathes out lies.

27  Whoever is vgreedy for unjust gain wtroubles his own household,

but he who hates xbribes will live.

By tsteadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by uthe fear of the Lord one vturns away from evil.

xBetter is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

11  bA just balance and scales are the Lord’s;

all the weights in the bag are his work.

A servant who deals wisely will rule over na son who acts shamefully

and owill share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

yA bribe is like a magic1 stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;

wherever he turns he prospers.

23  The wicked accepts qa bribe in secret1

to rpervert the ways of justice.

21  iAn inheritance gained hastily in the beginning

will not be blessed in the end.

bTo do righteousness and justice

is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

hThe getting of treasures by a lying tongue

is a ifleeting jvapor and a ksnare of death.1

The violence of the wicked will lsweep them away,

because they refuse to do what is just.

The way of the guilty mis crooked,

but the conduct of the pure is upright.

22  uDo not rob the poor, because he is poor,

or vcrush the afflicted at wthe gate,

23  for xthe Lord will plead their cause

and rob of life those who rob them.

More Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of athe wise.

bPartiality in judging is not good.

24  Whoever csays to the wicked, You are in the right,

dwill be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

25  but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,

and a good blessing will come upon them.

26  Whoever gives an honest answer

kisses the lips.

fA poor man who oppresses the poor

is a beating rain that leaves no food.

kBetter is a poor man who lwalks in his integrity

than a rich man who is lcrooked in his ways.

Whoever multiplies his wealth nby interest and profit1

ogathers it for him who is pgenerous to the poor.

qOpen your mouth for the mute,

for the rights of all who are destitute.1

Open your mouth, rjudge righteously,

sdefend the rights of tthe poor and needy.