Benefits to Righteousness
4 Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless clears his path,but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright rescues them,but the treacherous are trapped by their own desires.
7 When the wicked man dies,his expectation comes to nothing,and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
8 The righteous one is rescued from trouble;in his place, the wicked one goes in.
9 With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor,but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10 When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices, and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
11 A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense,but a man with understanding keeps silent.[
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