1To people belong the plans of the heart, but the answer of the tongue comes from the LORD.2All the ways of people are pure in their eyes, but the LORD tests the motives.3Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.4The LORD made everything for a purpose, even the wicked for an evil day.5The LORD detests all who are arrogant; they surely won't go unpunished.6Love and faithfulness reconcile guilt; the fear of the LORD turns away evil.7When people draw favor from the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.8Better a little with righteousness than great profits without justice.9People plan their path, but the LORD secures their steps.10A king's speech is like an oracle; in a judgment, one can't go against his words.11Honest balances and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his doing.12Kings detest wicked deeds, for their thrones are founded on righteousness.13Kings favor those with righteous lips; they love words of integrity.14The king's anger is a messenger of death; the wise will calm him.15There's life in the light of the king's face. His favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain.16Acquiring wisdom is much better than gold, and acquiring understanding is better than silver.17The road of those who do right turns away from evil; those who protect their path guard their lives.18Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall.19Better to be humble with the needy than to divide plunder with the proud.20Those with insight find prosperity; those who trust the LORD are blessed.21The skilled mind is called discerning, and pleasant speech enhances teaching.22One who has insight is a fountain of life, but the instruction of the foolish is folly.23The mind of the wise makes their speech insightful and enhances the teaching of their lips.24Pleasant words are flowing honey, sweet to the taste and healing to the bones.25There is a path that may seem straight to someone, but in the end it is the path of death.26The appetite of workers labors for them, for their hunger presses them on.27Worthless people dig up trouble; their lips are like a scorching fire.28Destructive people produce conflict; gossips alienate close friends.29Violent people entice their neighbors and walk them down a path that isn't good.30Those who wink their eye plot destruction; those who purse their lips plan evil.31Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is found on the path of righteousness.32Better to be patient than a warrior, and better to have self-control than to capture a city.33The dice are cast into the lap; all decisions are from the LORD.
1Better a dry crust with quiet than a house full of feasting with quarrels.2An insightful servant rules over a disgraceful son and will divide an inheritance with the brothers.3A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.4An evildoer pays attention to guilty lips; a liar listens to a destructive tongue.5Those who mock the poor insult their maker; those who rejoice in disaster won't go unpunished.6Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents.7Too much talking isn't right for a fool; even less so false speech for an honorable person.8A bribe seems magical in the eyes of those who give it, granting success to all who use it.9One who seeks love conceals an offense, but one who repeats it divides friends.10A rebuke goes deeper to an understanding person than a hundred lashes to a fool.11Evil people seek only rebellion; a cruel messenger will be sent against them.12Safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than fools in their folly.13Evil will never depart from the house of those who return evil for good.14The start of a quarrel is like letting out water, so drop the dispute before it breaks out.15Judging the righteous wicked and the wicked righteous— the LORD detests both of these.16Why should a fool have money to pay for wisdom? He has no mind.17Friends love all the time, and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble.18One with no sense shakes hands on a deal, securing a loan for a friend.19Those who love an offense love a quarrel; those who build a high doorway invite a collapse.20Those with crooked hearts won't prosper, and those with twisted tongues will fall into trouble.21Having a fool for a son brings grief; there's no joy for a scoundrel's father.22A joyful heart helps healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.23The wicked take secret bribes to twist the way of justice.24Wisdom is right in front of those with understanding, but the eyes of fools are off to the edges of the earth.25A foolish son is irritating to his father and bitter to her who gave birth to him.26It isn't good to punish the righteous, to strike the honorable for their integrity.27Wise are those who restrain their talking; people with understanding are coolheaded.28Fools who keep quiet are deemed wise; those who shut their lips are smart.
1Unfriendly people look out for themselves; they bicker with sensible people.2Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing their opinion.3When the wicked arrive, so does contempt; with shame comes insult.4The words of a person's mouth are deep waters, a bubbling stream, a fountain of wisdom.5Favoring the wicked isn't good; it denies justice to the righteous.6The lips of fools make accusations; their mouths elicit beatings.7The mouth of fools is their ruin; their lips are a trap for their lives.8The words of gossips are like choice snacks; they go down to the inmost parts.9Those who are lazy in their work are brothers to thugs.10The LORD's name is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and find refuge.11The riches of the wealthy are a strong city and like a high wall in their imagination.12Pride comes before a disaster, but humility comes before respect.13Those who answer before they listen are foolish and disgraceful.14The human spirit sustains a sick person, but who can bear a broken spirit?15An understanding mind gains knowledge; the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.16A gift opens the way for access to important people.17The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him.18The dice settle conflicts and keep strong opponents apart.19An offended ally is more formidable than a city; such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.20The stomach is satisfied by the fruit of the mouth; one's lips can earn a satisfying income.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.22He who finds a wife finds what is good, gaining favor from the LORD.23The poor plead for help, but the wealthy answer harshly.24There are persons for companionship, but then there are friends who are more loyal than family.