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1The heart of a king is like water canals in Yahweh’s hand; he turns it wherever he delights.
  2Every road of a person is upright in his own eyes, but Yahweh examines the hearts.
  3To do righteousness and justice is preferred by Yahweh over a sacrifice.
  4Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart— the lamp of the wicked—is sin.
  5The plans of a diligent person surely will lead to abundance, but everyone who acts hastily surely will come to poverty.
  6Acquiring treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor of those who seek death.
  7The violence of the wicked will drag them away because they refused to act with justice.
  8The road of a guilty person is crooked, but as for the pure person, his works are upright.
  9It is better to live on the corner of a rooftop than in a house with a contentious wife.
  10The soul of the wicked person desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
  11When a mocker gets punished, the naïve person becomes wise, and when a wise person is instructed, he accepts knowledge.
  12A righteous person keeps an eye on the house of the wicked person, bringing the wicked to their ruin.
  13The one who closes his ear to the cry of the poor, he will also cry out and not be answered.
  14A gift given in secret subdues anger, and a secret bribe averts strong wrath.
  15To do justice is joyful for the righteous person, but it is a terror to those doing wickedness.
  16The person who wanders from the road of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.
  17The one who loves pleasure will become a poor person; the one who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
  18A wicked person is a ransom for a righteous person, and the one acting unfaithfully is in the place of the upright.
  19It is better to live in a desolate land than with a contentious and angry woman.
  20Desirable treasure and oil are in the dwelling place of the wise person, but the foolish person consumes it.
  21The one who pursues righteousness and loyalty will find life, righteousness, and glory.a
  22A wise person scales the city of the mighty, and he brings down the strength of the city’s confidence.
  23The one who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue watches over his lifeb from trouble.
  24“Presumptuous,” “Proud,” “Mocker,” are his names; they belong to the one who acts with arrogant presumptuousness.
  25The lazy person’s desire will kill him because his hands refuse to work.
  26All day long he craves what he desires, but the righteous person gives and does not withhold his generosity.
  27A sacrifice offered by the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with deceitful intent.
  28A false witness will perish, but a person who listens will go on speaking.
  29A wicked person hardens his face, but an upright person, he prepares his roads.
  30There is no wisdom and no discernment and no counsel that can stand against Yahweh.
  31A horse is prepared for a day of battle, but the deliverance belongs to Yahweh.
 


a[21]
Heb. also means “honor.”
b[23]
Heb. is nephesh, “soul.”

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