The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
God delivers the righteous from both seen and unseen trouble, and sends it upon the wicked, who attempted to cause difficulty to the righteous in the first place.
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
When a wicked person dies, whatever they expected or hoped for, not only ends, but does not ever come to pass.
The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
Righteousness will not only guide individuals, it also has the ability to deliver them from seen and unseen perils, but those who are unrighteous will be “caught by” their own sin.
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
The one who is blameless is directed by righteousness, the ideal guide, while the wicked will fall, as a victim of their own wickedness.
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Riches can’t avert the wrath of God in time or eternity. Righteousness is a safeguard against premature death here and now and only those who are clothed in the righteousness of God will escape the second death, in the future.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
The honesty of the upright will guide individuals to the right way, but the crookedness of the unfaithful will lead them to destruction.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Solomon wrote that pride proceeds shame. He did not mention that in between them was a “fall”. Pride always proceeds a fall, while shame always follows it. But to be humble reduces the danger of stumbling.
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
Crooked merchants sometimes had two sets of weights, one for buying and one for selling. The buying weights were heavier than they should be, so that they would receive more merchandise than they paid for. The selling weights were lighter than the standard, so that the customer got less than they paid for. We are to be honest in all of our dealings with others.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
We can depend on a righteous individual to say what is acceptable, while the wicked knows only how to distort the facts and to speak what is perverse.
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
When one who is righteous speaks, wisdom will come forth out of their mouth, but the wicked, when they speak, produces speech that is crooked and perverse and because of the worthlessness of it, their tongue will eventually be removed.