|The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; |
he turns it wherever he will.
|Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, |
but the LORD weighs the heart.
|To do righteousness and justice |
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
|Haughty eyes and a proud heart, |
the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
|The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, |
but every one who is hasty comes only to want.
|The getting of treasures by a lying tongue |
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
|The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, |
because they refuse to do what is just.
|The way of the guilty is crooked, |
but the conduct of the pure is right.
|It is better to live in a corner of the housetop |
than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
|The soul of the wicked desires evil; |
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
|When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; |
when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
|The righteous observes the house of the wicked; |
the wicked are cast down to ruin.
|He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor |
will himself cry out and not be heard.
|A gift in secret averts anger; |
and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
|When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, |
but dismay to evildoers.
|A man who wanders from the way of understanding |
will rest in the assembly of the dead.
|He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; |
he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
|The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, |
and the faithless for the upright.
|It is better to live in a desert land |
than with a contentious and fretful woman.
|Precious treasure remains in a wise man's dwelling, |
but a foolish man devours it.
|He who pursues righteousness and kindness |
will find life and honor.
|A wise man scales the city of the mighty |
and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
|He who keeps his mouth and his tongue |
keeps himself out of trouble.
|"Scoffer" is the name of the proud, |
haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
|The desire of the sluggard kills him |
for his hands refuse to labor.
|All day long the wicked covets, |
but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
|The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; |
how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
|A false witness will perish, |
but the word of a man who hears will endure.
|A wicked man puts on a bold face, |
but an upright man considers his ways.
|No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, |
can avail against the LORD.
|The horse is made ready for the day of battle,|
but the victory belongs to the Lord.
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