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1 Rivulets of waters [is] the heart of a king in the hand of Jehovah, Wherever He pleaseth He inclineth it. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering hearts. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and judgment, Is chosen of Jehovah rather than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Loftiness of eyes, and breadth of heart, Tillage of the wicked [is] sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The purposes of the diligent [are] only to advantage, And of every hasty one, only to want. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 The making of treasures by a lying tongue, [Is] a vanity driven away of those seeking death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The spoil of the wicked catcheth them, Because they have refused to do judgment. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 Froward [is] the way of a man who is vile, And the pure -- upright [is] his work. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than [with] a woman of contentions and a house of company. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked hath desired evil, Not gracious in his eyes is his neighbour. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The Righteous One is acting wisely Towards the house of the wicked, He is overthrowing the wicked for wickedness. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoso is shutting his ear from the cry of the poor, He also doth cry, and is not answered. 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a bribe in the bosom strong fury. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 To do justice [is] joy to the righteous, But ruin to workers of iniquity. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, In an assembly of Rephaim resteth. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoso [is] loving mirth [is] a poor man, Whoso is loving wine and oil maketh no wealth. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked [is] an atonement for the righteous, And for the upright the treacherous dealer. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell in a wilderness land, Than [with] a woman of contentions and anger. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 A treasure to be desired, and oil, [Is] in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A city of the mighty hath the wise gone up, And bringeth down the strength of its confidence. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoso is keeping his mouth and his tongue, Is keeping from adversities his soul. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 Proud, haughty, scorner [is] his name, Who is working in the wrath of pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desire of the slothful slayeth him, For his hands have refused to work. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 All the day desiring he hath desired, And the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination, Much more when in wickedness he bringeth it. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness doth perish, And an attentive man for ever speaketh. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man hath hardened by his face, And the upright -- he prepareth his way. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 There is no wisdom, nor understanding, Nor counsel, over-against Jehovah. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 A horse is prepared for a day of battle, And the deliverance [is] of Jehovah! 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.