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The Folly of Wickedness - Audio Version


The Folly of Wickedness

11 Dishonest[a] scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a [b]just weight is His delight.

When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.

The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless will [c]direct his way aright,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.

When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.
The righteous is delivered from trouble,
And it comes to the wicked instead.
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He who [d]is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace.

13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

15 He who is surety[e] for a stranger will suffer,
But one who hates [f]being surety is secure.

16 A gracious woman retains honor,
But ruthless men retain riches.
17 The merciful man does good for his own soul,
But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
18 The wicked man does deceptive work,
But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
19 As righteousness leads to life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,
But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
21 Though they join [g]forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.

22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks [h]discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
25 The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
26 The people will curse him who withholds grain,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

27 He who earnestly seeks good [i]finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.

29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who [j]wins souls is wise.

31 If the righteous will be [k]recompensed on the earth,
How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

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  1. Adeosun Olugbemi Olagoke

    Here again, God will not stop his hand of fellowship to us as his children telling us that cheating in any form is disliked by God ,and he support so much using good scales and approved anyone who engage in it. Having a high mind will only result in shame, but anyone who is humble in everything is wise.
    The goodname and firmness of the one standing right will help on the right path,while the corruption of those who are unfaithful will destroy them.
    Plenty does not save in the days of anger. The word of God emphasized more on benefit of righteousness like : those who are righteous will never fall into evil, they will walk right, no trouble will not overtake them, while wickedness bring the reverse of the above into a man’s life.
    One must not despise or oversight anyone because the future is in God’s hands where as the man with wisdom will hold himself. I see when we have discussion with anyone even if people tell us about themselves part of faithfulness is to keep the matter within and not say it out.
    The matter of taking or seeking counsel is not left out ,not to stand in for anyone how to sustain riches as a man and honour as a woman, being kind profit oneself and other people, righteousness and evil has its reward.
    Having a corrupt mind put God far away from us. Teaming up to do evil doesn’t takes the consequences away . Giving beyond ones limit doesn’t make you a fool, instead you keep on having and possess more and it will come back to you in multiple fold. Looking for good and evil either one we search will come our way.
    Confidence in money will destroys one when he /she did not expects. Holy life has its own fruit.

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