2 ·Pride [Insolence] leads only to shame; it is wise to be humble.
3 ·Good people [People with integrity] will be guided by ·honesty [innocence]; dishonesty will ·destroy [devastate] those who are not trustworthy.
4 Riches will not help ·when it’s time to die [L on the day of anger], but ·right living [righteousness] will save you from death.
5 The ·goodness [righteousness] of the innocent makes ·life easier [L their path straight], but the wicked will ·be destroyed [L fall] by their wickedness.
6 ·Doing right [Righteousness] brings freedom to ·honest people [people with integrity], but those who are not trustworthy will be caught by their own desires.
7 When the wicked die, hope ·dies with them [perishes]; their hope in riches ·will come to nothing [perishes].
8 The ·good [righteous] person is saved from ·trouble [distress]; it comes to the wicked instead.
9 With ·words [L their mouth] an ·evil [godless] person can destroy a neighbor, but a ·good [righteous] person will escape by ·being resourceful [L their knowledge].
10 When ·good [righteous] people ·succeed [flourish], the city is happy. When evil people ·die [perish], there are shouts of joy.
11 ·Good [Righteous] people bless and build up their city, but the wicked can ·destroy [demolish] it with their ·words [L mouth].
12 People ·without good sense [who lack sense/heart] ·find fault with [despise; belittle] their neighbors, but those with understanding keep quiet.
13 Gossips ·can’t keep [L go/walk around revealing] secrets, but a trustworthy person ·can [keeps a confidence; L covers up a word].
14 Without ·leadership [guidance] a ·nation [people] falls, but ·lots of good advice [L an abundance of counselors] will ·save it [bring victory; Eccl. 9:13–15].
15 Whoever guarantees to pay somebody else’s loan will suffer. It is safer to avoid such promises.
16 A ·kind [gracious] woman gets ·respect [honor], but ·cruel [violent] men get only wealth.
17 ·Kind [or Loyal] people ·do themselves a favor [benefit themselves], but cruel people ·bring trouble on themselves [L harm their own bodies].
18 An evil person ·really earns nothing [gets false/deceptive wages], but a ·good [righteous] person will surely be rewarded.
19 Those who are ·truly good [righteous] will live, but those who chase after evil will die.
20 The Lord ·hates [detests] those with ·evil [crooked] hearts but is pleased with those who are innocent on the path.
21 Evil people will certainly be punished, but ·those who do right [L the children of the righteous] will be set free.
22 A beautiful woman without ·good sense [discretion] is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23 Those who do right only wish for good, but the wicked can ·expect to be defeated by God’s [L hope only for] anger.
24 Some people give much but get back even more. Others don’t give what they should and end up poor. 25 Whoever ·gives to others will get richer [or blesses others will be refreshed]; those who ·help [satisfy] others will themselves be ·helped [satisfied].
26 People curse those who keep all the grain, but they bless the one who is willing to sell it.
27 Whoever looks for good will find ·kindness [favor], but whoever looks for evil will find trouble.
28 Those who trust in riches will ·be ruined [L fall], but a good person will ·be healthy [flourish] like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings trouble to his family will ·be left with nothing but the [L inherit the] wind. A fool will be a servant to the wise of heart.
30 ·A good person gives life to others [L The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life]; the wise person ·teaches others how to live [gathers lives/souls].
31 If ·good [righteous] people will get their due on earth, How much more the wicked and the sinners.
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