17Your kindness will reward you,
but your cruelty will destroy you.
18Evil people get rich for the moment,
but the reward of the godly will last.
19Godly people find life;
evil people find death.
20The Lord detests people with crooked hearts,
but he delights in those with integrity.
21Evil people will surely be punished,
but the children of the godly will go free.
22A beautiful woman who lacks discretion
is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23The godly can look forward to a reward,
while the wicked can expect only judgment.
24Give freely and become more wealthy;
be stingy and lose everything.
25The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
26People curse those who hoard their grain,
but they bless the one who sells in time of need.
27If you search for good, you will find favor;
but if you search for evil, it will find you!
28Trust in your money and down you go!
But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.
29Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.
The fool will be a servant to the wise.
30The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;
a wise person wins friends.
31If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,
what will happen to wicked sinners?