The king'sheart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD ; He 1turns it wherever He wishes.
22Everyman'sway is right in his own eyes, But the LORD3weighs the hearts.
To do4righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORDmorethansacrifice.
4Haughtyeyes and a proudheart, The 5lamp of the wicked, is sin.
The plans of the 6diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone7who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
The 8acquisition of treasures by a lyingtongue Is a fleetingvapor, the apursuit of 9death.
The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they 10refuse to act with justice.
The way of a guiltyman is 11crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
It is better to live in a corner of a roofThanbin a houseshared with a contentiouswoman.
The soul of the wickeddesiresevil ; His 12neighborfindsnofavor in his eyes.
When the 13scoffer is punished, the cnaivebecomeswise ; But when the wise is instructed, he receivesknowledge.
The righteousoneconsiders the house of the wicked, Turning the 14wicked to ruin.
He who 15shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will alsocryhimself and not be 16answered.
A 17gift in secretsubduesanger, And a bribe in the bosom, strongwrath.
The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is 18terror to the workers of iniquity.
A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will 19rest in the assembly of the ddead.
He who 20lovespleasure will become a poorman ; He who loveswine and oil will not becomerich.
The wicked is a 21ransom for the righteous, And the 22treacherous is in the place of the upright.
1923It is better to live in a desertlandThan with a contentious and vexingwoman.
There is precious24treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolishman25swallows it up.
He who 26pursuesrighteousness and loyaltyFindslife, righteousness and honor.
A 27wisemanscales the city of the mighty And bringsdown the estronghold in which they trust.
He who 28guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
24"Proud," "Haughty," "29Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with 30insolentpride.
The 31desire of the sluggardputs him to death, For his handsrefuse to work ;
26Allday long he fis craving, While the righteous32gives and does not holdback.
The 33sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, Howmuchmorewhen he brings it with evilintent !
A 34falsewitness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speakforever.
A wickedmang35displays a boldface, But as for the 36upright, he makes his waysure.
30There is 37nowisdom and nounderstanding And nocounselagainst the LORD.
The 38horse is prepared for the day of battle, But 39victory belongs to the LORD.