Proverbs 11
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1  False scales are an abomination to Hashem; An honest weight pleases Him.

א  מֹאזְנֵי מִרְמָה תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה וְאֶבֶן שְׁלֵמָה רְצוֹנוֹ׃

2  When arrogance appears, disgrace follows, But wisdom is with those who are unassuming.

ב  בָּא־זָדוֹן וַיָּבֹא קָלוֹן וְאֶת־צְנוּעִים חָכְמָה׃

3  The integrity of the upright guides them; The deviousness of the treacherous leads them to ruin.

ג  תֻּמַּת יְשָׁרִים תַּנְחֵם וְסֶלֶף בּוֹגְדִים ושדם [יְשָׁדֵּם׃]

4  Wealth is of no avail on the day of wrath, But righteousness saves from death.

ד  לֹא־יוֹעִיל הוֹן בְּיוֹם עֶבְרָה וּצְדָקָה תַּצִּיל מִמָּוֶת׃

5  The righteousness of the blameless man smooths his way, But the wicked man is felled by his wickedness.

ה  צִדְקַת תָּמִים תְּיַשֵּׁר דַּרְכּוֹ וּבְרִשְׁעָתוֹ יִפֹּל רָשָׁע׃

6  The righteousness of the upright saves them, But the treacherous are trapped by their malice.

ו  צִדְקַת יְשָׁרִים תַּצִּילֵם וּבְהַוַּת בֹּגְדִים יִלָּכֵדוּ׃

7  At death the hopes of a wicked man are doomed, And the ambition of evil men comes to nothing.

ז  בְּמוֹת אָדָם רָשָׁע תֹּאבַד תִּקְוָה וְתוֹחֶלֶת אוֹנִים אָבָדָה׃

8  The righteous man is rescued from trouble And the wicked man takes his place.

ח  צַדִּיק מִצָּרָה נֶחֱלָץ וַיָּבֹא רָשָׁע תַּחְתָּיו׃

9  The impious man destroys his neighbor through speech, But through their knowledge the righteous are rescued.

ט  בְּפֶה חָנֵף יַשְׁחִת רֵעֵהוּ וּבְדַעַת צַדִּיקִים יֵחָלֵצוּ׃

10  When the righteous prosper the city exults; When the wicked perish there are shouts of joy.

י  בְּטוּב צַדִּיקִים תַּעֲלֹץ קִרְיָה וּבַאֲבֹד רְשָׁעִים רִנָּה׃

11  A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, But it is torn down by the speech of the wicked.

יא  בְּבִרְכַּת יְשָׁרִים תָּרוּם קָרֶת וּבְפִי רְשָׁעִים תֵּהָרֵס׃

12  He who speaks contemptuously of his fellowman is devoid of sense; A prudent man keeps his peace.

יב  בָּז־לְרֵעֵהוּ חֲסַר־לֵב וְאִישׁ תְּבוּנוֹת יַחֲרִישׁ׃

13  A base fellow gives away secrets, But a trustworthy soul keeps a confidence.

יג  הוֹלֵךְ רָכִיל מְגַלֶּה־סּוֹד וְנֶאֱמַן־רוּחַ מְכַסֶּה דָבָר׃

14  For want of strategy an army falls, But victory comes with much planning.

יד  בְּאֵין תַּחְבֻּלוֹת יִפָּל־עָם וּתְשׁוּעָה בְּרֹב יוֹעֵץ׃

15  Harm awaits him who stands surety for another; He who spurns pledging shall be secure.

טו  רַע־יֵרוֹעַ כִּי־עָרַב זָר וְשֹׂנֵא תֹקְעִים בּוֹטֵחַ׃

16  A graceful woman obtains honor; Ruthless men obtain wealth.

טז  אֵשֶׁת־חֵן תִּתְמֹךְ כָּבוֹד וְעָרִיצִים יִתְמְכוּ־עֹשֶׁר׃

17  A kindly man benefits himself; A cruel man makes trouble for himself.

יז  גֹּמֵל נַפְשׁוֹ אִישׁ חָסֶד וְעֹכֵר שְׁאֵרוֹ אַכְזָרִי׃

18  The wicked man earns illusory wages, But he who sows righteousness has a true reward.

יח  רָשָׁע עֹשֶׂה פְעֻלַּת־שָׁקֶר וְזֹרֵעַ צְדָקָה שֶׂכֶר אֱמֶת׃

19  Righteousness is a prop of life, But to pursue evil leads to death.

יט  כֵּן־צְדָקָה לְחַיִּים וּמְרַדֵּף רָעָה לְמוֹתוֹ׃

20  Men of crooked mind are an abomination to Hashem, But those whose way is blameless please Him.

כ  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה עִקְּשֵׁי־לֵב וּרְצוֹנוֹ תְּמִימֵי דָרֶךְ׃

21  Assuredly, the evil man will not escape, But the offspring of the righteous will be safe.

כא  יָד לְיָד לֹא־יִנָּקֶה רָּע וְזֶרַע צַדִּיקִים נִמְלָט׃

22  Like a gold ring in the snout of a pig Is a beautiful woman bereft of sense.

כב  נֶזֶם זָהָב בְּאַף חֲזִיר אִשָּׁה יָפָה וְסָרַת טָעַם׃

23  What the righteous desire can only be good; What the wicked hope for [stirs] wrath.

כג  תַּאֲוַת צַדִּיקִים אַךְ־טוֹב תִּקְוַת רְשָׁעִים עֶבְרָה׃

24  One man gives generously and ends with more; Another stints on doing the right thing and incurs a loss.

כד  יֵשׁ מְפַזֵּר וְנוֹסָף עוֹד וְחוֹשֵׂךְ מִיֹּשֶׁר אַךְ־לְמַחְסוֹר׃

25  A generous person enjoys prosperity; He who satisfies others shall himself be sated.

כה  נֶפֶשׁ־בְּרָכָה תְדֻשָּׁן וּמַרְוֶה גַּם־הוּא יוֹרֶא׃

26  He who withholds grain earns the curses of the people, But blessings are on the head of the one who dispenses it.

mo-NAY-a BAR yi-k’-VU-hu l’-OM uv-ra-KHAH l’-ROSH mash-BEER

כו  מֹנֵעַ בָּר יִקְּבֻהוּ לְאוֹם וּבְרָכָה לְרֹאשׁ מַשְׁבִּיר׃

11:26   He who withholds grain earns the curses of the people

The Bible commands the Israelites to set aside a certain portion of their crops, grown in the land of Israel, for the poor. The corners of their fields, the forgotten sheaves and the grains that fall during harvest are all to be left for the needy (Leviticus 19:9-10, Deuteronomy 24:19). In Megillat RutBoaz sustains his community in this manner and Rut, the poor widow, gathers in his field (chapter 2). This biblical imperative is still practiced in Israel today.  Each season, farmers throughout Israel leave over millions of pounds of produce from their fields, which are collected by volunteers and distributed to poor people all over the country.Comment

27  He who earnestly seeks what is good pursues what is pleasing; He who is bent on evil, upon him it shall come.

כז  שֹׁחֵר טוֹב יְבַקֵּשׁ רָצוֹן וְדֹרֵשׁ רָעָה תְבוֹאֶנּוּ׃

28  He who trusts in his wealth shall fall, But the righteous shall flourish like foliage.

כח  בּוֹטֵחַ בְּעָשְׁרוֹ הוּא יִפֹּל וְכֶעָלֶה צַדִּיקִים יִפְרָחוּ׃

29  He who makes trouble for his household shall inherit the wind; A fool is a slave to the wise-hearted.

כט  עוֹכֵר בֵּיתוֹ יִנְחַל־רוּחַ וְעֶבֶד אֱוִיל לַחֲכַם־לֵב׃

30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; A wise man captivates people.

ל  פְּרִי־צַדִּיק עֵץ חַיִּים וְלֹקֵחַ נְפָשׂוֹת חָכָם׃

31  If the righteous on earth get their deserts, How much more the wicked man and the sinner.

 

לא  הֵן צַדִּיק בָּאָרֶץ יְשֻׁלָּם אַף כִּי־רָשָׁע וְחוֹטֵא׃

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