Contrast the Upright and the Wicked1 The a plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the b Lord weighs the ▼
▼ Lit spiritsmotives.
▼ Lit Roll, e Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.
4 The Lord f has made everything for ▼
▼ Or Hisits own purpose,
Even the h wicked for the day of evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
6 By i lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the ▼
▼ Or reverence, k fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,
He l makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness
Than great income with injustice.
9 The mind of m man plans his way,
But n the Lord directs his steps.
10 A divine o decision is in the lips of the king;
His mouth should not ▼
▼ Lit be unfaithfulerr in judgment.
11 A q just balance and scales belong to the Lord;
All the ▼
▼ Lit stonesweights of the bag are His ▼
▼ Lit workconcern.
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
For a t throne is established on righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And he who speaks right is loved.
14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death,
But a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of a king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud with the ▼
▼ Lit latter, v spring rain.
16 How much w better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
17 The x highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who watches his way preserves his ▼
▼ Lit soullife.
18 z Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
19 It is better to be aa humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to ab divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who gives attention to the word will ac find good,
And ad blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
21 The ae wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of ▼
▼ Lit lipsspeech ag increases ▼
▼ Or learningpersuasiveness.
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
But the discipline of fools is folly.
23 The ai heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds ▼
▼ Or learningpersuasiveness to his lips.
24 ak Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and al healing to the bones.
25 am There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26 A worker’s appetite works for him,
For his ▼
▼ Lit mouthhunger urges him on.
27 A ao worthless man digs up evil,
▼ Lit on his lipshis words are like aq scorching fire.
28 A perverse man spreads strife,
And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
29 A man of violence ar entices his neighbor
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things;
He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 A as gray head is a crown of glory;
It at is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
33 The au lot is cast into the lap,
But its every av decision is from the Lord.
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