1 People may make plans in their minds, but only the Lord can make them come true. 2 You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord will judge your reasons. 3 Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. 4 The Lord makes everything go as he pleases. He has even prepared a day of disaster for evil people. 5 The Lord hates those who are proud. They will surely be punished. 6 Love and truth bring forgiveness of sin. By respecting the Lord you will avoid evil. 7 When people live so that they please the Lord, even their enemies will make peace with them. 8 It is better to be poor and right than to be wealthy and dishonest. 9 People may make plans in their minds, but the Lord decides what they will do. 10 The words of a king are like a message from God, so his decisions should be fair. 11 The Lord wants honest balances and scales; all the weights are his work. 12 Kings hate those who do wrong, because governments only continue if they are fair. 13 Kings like honest people; they value someone who speaks the truth. 14 An angry king can put someone to death, so a wise person will try to make him happy. 15 A smiling king can give people life; his kindness is like a spring shower. 16 It is better to get wisdom than gold, and to choose understanding rather than silver! 17 Good people stay away from evil. By watching what they do, they protect their lives. 18 Pride will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin. 19 It is better to be humble and be with those who suffer than to share stolen property with the proud. 20 Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy. 21 The wise are known for their understanding. Their pleasant words make them better teachers. 22 Understanding is like a fountain which gives life to those who use it, but foolishness brings punishment to fools. 23 Wise people's minds tell them what to say, and that helps them be better teachers. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, making people happy and healthy. 25 Some people think they are doing right, but in the end it leads to death. 26 The workers' hunger helps them, because their desire to eat makes them work. 27 Useless people make evil plans, and their words are like a burning fire. 28 A useless person causes trouble, and a gossip ruins friendships. 29 Cruel people trick their neighbors and lead them to do wrong. 30 Someone who winks is planning evil, and the one who grins is planning something wrong. 31 Gray hair is like a crown of honor; it is earned by living a good life. 32 Patience is better than strength. Controlling your temper is better than capturing a city. 33 People throw lots to make a decision, but the answer comes from the Lord.
1 It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace than to have a feast where there is quarreling. 2 A wise servant will rule over the master's disgraceful child and will even inherit a share of what the master leaves his children. 3 A hot furnace tests silver and gold, but the Lord tests hearts. 4 Evil people listen to evil words. Liars pay attention to cruel words. 5 Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker; whoever enjoys someone's trouble will be punished. 6 Old people are proud of their grandchildren, and children are proud of their parents. 7 Fools should not be proud, and rulers should not be liars. 8 Some people think they can pay others to do anything they ask. They think it will work every time. 9 Whoever forgives someone's sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships. 10 A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. 11 Disobedient people look only for trouble, so a cruel messenger will be sent against them. 12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool doing foolish things. 13 Whoever gives evil in return for good will always have trouble at home. 14 Starting a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before a fight breaks out. 15 The Lord hates both of these things: freeing the guilty and punishing the innocent. 16 It won't do a fool any good to try to buy wisdom, because he doesn't have the ability to be wise. 17 A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble. 18 It is not wise to promise to pay what your neighbor owes. 19 Whoever loves to argue loves to sin. Whoever brags a lot is asking for trouble. 20 A person with an evil heart will find no success, and the person whose words are evil will get into trouble. 21 It is sad to have a foolish child; there is no joy in being the parent of a fool. 22 A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength. 23 When the wicked accept money to do wrong there can be no justice. 24 The person with understanding is always looking for wisdom, but the mind of a fool wanders everywhere. 25 A foolish son makes his father sad and causes his mother great sorrow. 26 It is not good to punish the innocent or to beat leaders for being honest. 27 The smart person says very little, and one with understanding stays calm. 28 Even fools seem to be wise if they keep quiet; if they don't speak, they appear to understand.
1 Unfriendly people are selfish and hate all good sense. 2 Fools do not want to understand anything. They only want to tell others what they think. 3 Do something evil, and people won't like you. Do something shameful, and they will make fun of you. 4 Spoken words can be like deep water, but wisdom is like a flowing stream. 5 It is not good to honor the wicked or to be unfair to the innocent. 6 The words of fools start quarrels. They make people want to beat them. 7 The words of fools will ruin them; their own words will trap them. 8 The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food. People like to gobble them up. 9 A person who doesn't work hard is just like someone who destroys things. 10 The Lord is like a strong tower; those who do right can run to him for safety. 11 Rich people trust their wealth to protect them. They think it is like the high walls of a city. 12 Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored. 13 Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused. 14 The will to live can get you through sickness, but no one can live with a broken spirit. 15 The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more. 16 Taking a gift to an important man will help get you in to see him. 17 The person who tells one side of a story seems right, until someone else comes and asks questions. 18 Throwing lots can settle arguments and keep the two sides from fighting. 19 A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city, and arguments separate people like the barred gates of a palace. 20 People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded by how they speak. 21 What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. 22 When a man finds a wife, he finds something good. It shows that the Lord is pleased with him. 23 The poor beg for mercy, but the rich give rude answers. 24 Some friends may ruin you, but a real friend will be more loyal than a brother.