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Proverbs 11 Living Bible (TLB)

11 The Lord hates cheating and delights in honesty.

Proud men end in shame, but the meek become wise.

A good man is guided by his honesty; the evil man is destroyed by his dishonesty.

Your riches won’t help you on Judgment Day; only righteousness counts then.

Good people are directed by their honesty; the wicked shall fall beneath their load of sins.

The good man’s goodness delivers him; the evil man’s treachery is his undoing.

When an evil man dies, his hopes all perish, for they are based upon this earthly life.

God rescues good men from danger while letting the wicked fall into it.

Evil words destroy; godly skill rebuilds.[a]

10 The whole city celebrates a good man’s success—and also the godless man’s death.

11 The good influence of godly citizens causes a city to prosper, but the moral decay of the wicked drives it downhill.

12 To quarrel with a neighbor is foolish; a man with good sense holds his tongue.

13 A gossip goes around spreading rumors, while a trustworthy man tries to quiet them.

14 Without wise leadership, a nation is in trouble; but with good counselors there is safety.

15 Be sure you know a person well before you vouch for his credit! Better refuse than suffer later.

16 Honor goes to kind and gracious women, mere[b] money to cruel men.

17 Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.

18 The evil man gets rich for the moment, but the good man’s reward lasts forever.

19 The good man finds life; the evil man, death.

20 The Lord hates the stubborn but delights in those who are good.

21 You can be very sure the evil man will not go unpunished forever. And you can also be very sure God will rescue the children of the godly.

22 A beautiful woman lacking discretion and modesty is like a fine gold ring in a pig’s snout.

23 The good man can look forward to happiness, while the wicked can expect only wrath.

24-25 It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

26 People curse the man who holds his grain for higher prices, but they bless the man who sells it to them in their time of need.

27 If you search for good, you will find God’s favor; if you search for evil, you will find his curse.

28 Trust in your money and down you go! Trust in God and flourish as a tree!

29 The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left. He shall be the servant of a wiser man.

30 Godly men are growing a tree that bears life-giving fruit, and all who win souls are wise.[c]

31 Even the godly shall be rewarded here on earth; how much more the wicked!


  1. Proverbs 11:9 Evil words destroy; godly skill rebuilds, or “When a godless man slanders his neighbor, the charges won’t stick because everyone knows his reputation.”
  2. Proverbs 11:16 mere, implied.
  3. Proverbs 11:30 all who win souls are wise, or “he that is wise wins souls.”
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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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