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Proverbs 11 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

11 The Lord hates dishonest scales.
    But he is pleased with correct weights.

Pride leads only to shame.
    It is wise not to be proud.

Good people will be guided by honesty.
    But dishonesty will destroy those who are not trustworthy.

Riches will not help when it’s time to die.
    But doing what is right will save you from dying too soon.

The goodness of an innocent person makes his life easier.
    But a wicked person will be destroyed by his wickedness.

Doing what is right brings freedom to honest people.
    But those who are not trustworthy will be caught by their own desires.

When a wicked person dies, his hope is gone.
    The hopes he placed in his riches will come to nothing.

The good man is saved from trouble.
    It comes to the wicked instead.

By his words an evil person can destroy his neighbor.
    But a good person will escape by being smart.

10 When good people succeed, the city is happy.
    When evil people die, there are shouts of joy.

11 The influence of good people makes a city great.
    But the wicked can destroy it with their words.

12 A person without good sense finds fault with his neighbor.
    But a person with understanding keeps quiet.

13 A person who gossips can’t keep secrets.
    But a trustworthy person can keep a secret.

14 Without leadership a nation will be defeated.
    But when many people give advice, it will be safe.

15 Whoever guarantees to pay what somebody else owes will suffer.
    It is safer to avoid such promises.

16 A kind woman is respected.
    But cruel men get wealth.

17 A kind person is doing himself a favor.
    But a cruel person brings trouble on himself.

18 An evil person really gains nothing from what he earns.
    But a good person will surely be rewarded.

19 Those who are truly good will live.
    But those who chase after evil will die.

20 The Lord hates those with evil hearts.
    But he is pleased with those who are innocent.

21 You can be sure that evil people will be punished.
    But those who do what is right will not be punished.

22 A beautiful woman without good sense
    is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

23 The wishes of those who do right will come true.
    But the hopes of the wicked will be defeated by God’s anger.

24 Some people give much but get back even more.
    But others don’t give what they should, and they end up poor.
25 A person who gives to others will get richer.
    Whoever helps others will himself be helped.

26 People curse someone who keeps all the grain for himself.
    But they bless a person who is willing to sell it.

27 Whoever looks for good will find kindness.
    But whoever looks for evil will find trouble.

28 Those who trust in riches will be ruined.
    But a good person will be as healthy as a green leaf.

29 Whoever brings trouble to his family will be left with nothing but the wind.
    And a foolish person will become a servant to the wise.

30 As a tree makes fruit, a good person gives life to others.
    The wise person shows others how to be wise.

31 Good people will be rewarded on earth.
    So the wicked and the sinners will also be punished.

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Proverbs 11 New International Version (NIV)

11 The Lord detests dishonest scales,
    but accurate weights find favor with him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with humility comes wisdom.

The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
    but righteousness delivers from death.

The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
    but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
    but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
    all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.

The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
    and it falls on the wicked instead.

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
    but through knowledge the righteous escape.

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
    when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
    but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
    but victory is won through many advisers.

15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,
    but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,
    but ruthless men gain only wealth.

17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
    but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
    but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

19 Truly the righteous attain life,
    but whoever pursues evil finds death.

20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
    but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
    but those who are righteous will go free.

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
    but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
    but evil comes to one who searches for it.

28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
    but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
    and the fool will be servant to the wise.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
    and the one who is wise saves lives.

31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
    how much more the ungodly and the sinner!


  1. Proverbs 11:7 Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum When the wicked die, their hope perishes; / all they expected from
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