Great(i) 1 A False balaunce is an abhomynacyon vnto the Lorde, but a true weight pleaseth him. 2 Where pryde is, there is shame also and confusyon: but where as is lowlynes, there is wysdome. 3 The innocent dealynge of the iust shall leade them, but the wyckednes of such as dissemble, shalbe their awne destruccyon. 4 Riches helpe not in the daye of vengeaunce, but ryghteousnesse delyuereth from death. 5 The ryghteousnes of the innocent ordreth his waye, but the vngodly shall fall in his awne wyckednesse. 6 The ryghteousnesse of the iust shall delyuer them, but the wycked shalbe taken in theyr awne vngodlynesse. 7 When an vngodly man dyeth, his hope is gone, the confydence of riches shall perishe. 8 The ryghteous shalbe delyuered out of trouble, and the vngodly shall come in his steade. 9 Thorowe the mouth of the dissembler is his neyghboure destroyed, but thorowe knowledge shall the iust he delyuered. 10 When it goeth well with the ryghteous, the cytie is mery: and when the vngodly peryshe, there is gladnesse. 11 When the iust are in wealth, the cytye prospereth: but when the vngodly haue the rule, it decayeth. 12 A foole bringeth vp a selaunder of his neyghbour, but a wyse man wyll kepe it secrete. 13 A dyssemblynge person wyll discouer preuy thynges, but he that is of a faythfull herte, wyll kepe councell. 14 Where no good councell is, there the people decaye: but where as many are that can geue councell, there is wealth, 15 He that is suertye for a straunger, hurteth him selfe: and he that medleth not wt suertieshyppe, is sure. 16 A gracious woman maynteyneth honestye, as for the wycked, they maynteyne ryches. 17 He that is mercyfull doth hym selfe a benefyte, but who so hurteth his neyghbour, is a tyraunt. 18 The labour of the vngodly prospereth not, but he that soweth ryghteousnes, shall receaue a sure rewarde. 19 Lyke as ryghteousnes bryngeth lyfe: euen so to cleue vnto euell, bryngeth death. 20 The Lorde abhorreth them that be of a fayned hert, but he hath pleasure in them that are of an vndefyled conuersacyon. 21 The wycked amendeth not for plage vpon plage, but the sede of the ryghteous shalbe preserued. 22 A fayre woman without discrete maners, is lyke a rynge of gold in a swynes snoute. 23 The desyre of the ryghteous is acceptable, but the hope of the vngodly is indignacyon. 24 Some man geueth out his goodes, and is the rycher, but the nygard (hauynge ynough) wyll departe from nothynge, and yet is euer in pouertye. 25 He that is liberall in geuynge, shall haue plenty, and he that watereth, shall be watered also him selfe. 26 Who so hoordeth vp his corne, shalbe cursed amonge the people: but blessynge shall lyght vpon his head that geueth foode. 27 He that laboureth for honesty, fyndeth his desyre: but who so seketh after myschefe, it shall happen vnto hym. 28 He that trusteth in his ryches, shall haue a fall, but the ryghteous shall floryshe as the grene leafe. 29 Who so maketh disquyetnes in his awne house, he shall haue wynde for his heritage, and the foole shalbe seruaunt to the wyse. 30 The frute of the ryghteous is a tree of lyfe: and he that endeuoureth him selfe to wynne mens soules is wyse. 31 If the ryghteous be recompensed vpon earth, howe moch more then the vngodly and the synner?