1People make plans in their hearts. But the LORD controls what they say.2Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what that man is thinking.3Commit to the LORD everything you do. Then your plans will succeed.4The LORD works everything out for his own purposes. Even those who do wrong were made for a day of trouble.5The LORD hates all those who have proud hearts. You can be sure that they will be punished.6Through love and truth sin is paid for. People avoid evil when they have respect for the Lord.7When the way you live pleases the Lord, he makes even your enemies live at peace with you.8It is better to have a little and do right than to have a lot and be unfair.9In your heart you plan your life. But the LORD decides where your steps will take you.10A king might speak as if his words come from God. But what he says should not turn right into wrong.11Honest scales and balances come from the Lord. He made all of the weights in the bag.12A king hates it when his people do what is wrong. A ruler is made secure when they do what is right.13Kings are pleased when what you say is honest. They value people who speak the truth.14An angry king can order your death. But a wise man will try to calm him down.15When a king's face is happy, it means life. His favor is like rain in the spring.16It is much better to get wisdom than gold. It is much better to choose understanding than silver.17The path of honest people takes them away from evil. Those who guard their ways guard their lives.18If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall.19Suppose you are lowly in spirit and are with those who are beaten down. That's better than sharing stolen goods with those who are proud.20If anyone pays attention to what he is taught, he will succeed. Blessed is the person who puts his trust in the Lord.21Wise hearts are known for understanding what is right. Pleasant words make people want to learn more.22Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it. But foolish people are punished for the foolish things they do.23The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more.24Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.25There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death.26The hunger of a worker makes him work. His hunger drives him on.27A worthless man plans to do evil things. His words are like a burning fire.28A twisted person stirs up fights. Anyone who talks about others comes between close friends.29A man who wants to hurt others tries to get them to sin. He leads them down a path that isn't good.30When he winks with his eyes, he is planning to do wrong. When his lips are tightly closed, he is up to no good.31Gray hair is a glorious crown. You get it by living the right way.32It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city.33Lots are cast into the lap to make decisions. But everything they decide comes from the Lord.
1It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace and quiet than to eat a big dinner in a house that is full of fighting.2A wise servant will rule over a shameful child. He will be given part of the property as if he were a family member.3Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But the LORD tests our hearts.4An evil person listens to evil words. A liar pays attention to words that are harmful.5Anyone who laughs at those who are poor makes fun of their Maker. Anyone who is happy when others suffer will be punished.6Grandchildren are like a crown to older people. And children are proud of their parents.7It isn't proper for foolish people to brag. And it certainly isn't proper for rulers to tell lies!8Money buys favors for those who give it. No matter where they turn, they succeed.9Those who erase a sin by forgiving it show love. But those who talk about it come between close friends.10A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.11An evil person never wants to obey. An official who shows no mercy will be sent against him.12It is better to meet a bear whose cubs have been stolen than to meet a foolish person who is acting foolishly.13Evil will never leave the house of anyone who pays back evil for good.14Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam. So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.15The LORD hates two things. He hates it when the guilty are set free. He also hates it when those who aren't guilty are punished.16What good is money in the hands of a foolish person? He doesn't want to become wise.17A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.18A man who has little sense agrees to pay what other people owe. It isn't wise to put up money for others.19The one who loves to argue loves to sin. The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed.20If your heart is twisted, you won't succeed. If your tongue tells lies, you will get into trouble.21It is sad to have a foolish child. The parents of a foolish person have no joy.22A cheerful heart makes you healthy. But a broken spirit dries you up.23Anyone who does wrong accepts favors in secret. Then he turns what is right into wrong.24Anyone who understands what is right keeps wisdom in view. But the eyes of a foolish person look everywhere else.25A foolish child makes his father sad and his mother sorry.26It isn't good to punish those who aren't guilty. It isn't good to whip officials just because they are honest.27Anyone who has knowledge controls his words. A man who has understanding is not easily upset.28We think even a foolish person is wise if he keeps silent. We think he understands what is right if he controls his tongue.
1A person who isn't friendly looks out only for himself. He opposes all good sense.2A foolish person doesn't want to understand. He takes delight in saying only what he thinks.3People hate it when evil comes. And they refuse to honor those who bring shame.4The words of a person's mouth are like deep water. But the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream.5It isn't good to favor those who do wrong. And it isn't good to hold back what is fair from those who aren't guilty.6What a foolish person says leads to arguing. He is just asking for a beating.7The words of a foolish person drag him down. He is trapped by what he says.8The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you.9Anyone who doesn't want to work is like someone who destroys.10The name of the LORD is like a strong tower. Godly people run to it and are safe.11The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe. They think of it as a city with walls that can't be climbed.12If a man's heart is proud, he will be destroyed. So don't be proud if you want to be honored.13To answer before listening is foolish and shameful.14A man's cheerful heart gives him strength when he is sick. You can't keep going if you have a broken spirit.15Those whose hearts understand what is right get knowledge. The ears of those who are wise listen for it.16A gift opens the way for the one who gives it. It helps him meet important people.17The first one to tell his case seems right. Then someone else comes forward and questions him.18Casting lots will put a stop to arguing. It will keep the strongest enemies apart.19A broken friendship is harder to deal with than a city that has high walls around it. And arguing is like the locked gates of a mighty city.20A man can fill his stomach with what he says. The words from his lips can satisfy him.21Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.22The one who finds a wife finds what is good. He receives favor from the Lord.23Poor people beg for mercy. But rich people answer in a mean way.24Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.