|1||The plans of the mind belong to man, |
but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
|2||All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, |
but Yahweh weighs the spirit.
|3||Commit your work to Yahweh, |
and your plans will be established.
|4||Yahweh has made everything for its purpose, |
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
|5||Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to Yahweh; |
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
|6||By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, |
and by the fear of Yahweh a man avoids evil.
|7||When a man's ways please Yahweh, |
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
|8||Better is a little with righteousness |
than great revenues with injustice.
|9||A man's mind plans his way, |
but Yahweh directs his steps.
|10||Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king; |
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
|11||A just balance and scales are Yahweh's; |
all the weights in the bag are his work.
|12||It is an abomination to kings to do evil, |
for the throne is established by righteousness.
|13||Righteous lips are the delight of a king, |
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
|14||A king's wrath is a messenger of death, |
and a wise man will appease it.
|15||In the light of a king's face there is life, |
and his favour is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
|16||To get wisdom is better than gold; |
to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
|17||The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; |
he who guards his way preserves his life.
|18||Pride goes before destruction, |
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
|19||It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor |
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
|20||He who gives heed to the word will prosper, |
and happy is he who trusts in Yahweh.
|21||The wise of heart is called a man of discernment, |
and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness.
|22||Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it, |
but folly is the chastisement of fools.
|23||The mind of the wise makes his speech judicious, |
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
|24||Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, |
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
|25||There is a way which seems right to a man, |
but its end is the way to death.
|26||A worker's appetite works for him; |
his mouth urges him on.
|27||A worthless man plots evil, |
and his speech is like a scorching fire.
|28||A perverse man spreads strife, |
and a whisperer separates close friends.
|29||A man of violence entices his neighbour |
and leads him in a way that is not good.
|30||He who winks his eyes plans perverse things, |
he who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
|31||A hoary head is a crown of glory; |
it is gained in a righteous life.
|32||He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, |
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
|33||The lot is cast into the lap,|
but the decision is wholly from Yahweh.
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