1 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the
Lord; he turns it wherever he pleases.
2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord
examines the heart.
3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is just and right
than when we give him sacrifices.
4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty
shortcuts lead to poverty.
6 Wealth created by lying is a vanishing mist and a deadly
7 Because the wicked refuse to do what is just, their
violence boomerangs and destroys them.
8 The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a
9 It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than
with a contentious wife in a lovely home.
10 Evil people love to harm others; their neighbors get no
mercy from them.
11 A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers punished; a
wise person learns from instruction.
12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of
the wicked; he will bring the wicked to disaster.
13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be
ignored in their own time of need.
14 A secret gift calms anger; a secret bribe pacifies
15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it causes dismay among
16 The person who strays from common sense will end up in the
company of the dead.
17 Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are
not the way to riches.
18 Sometimes the wicked are punished to save the godly, and
the treacherous for the upright.
19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a
crabby, complaining wife.
20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever
21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find
life, godliness, and honor.
22 The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the
fortress in which they trust.
23 If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of
24 Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless
25 The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their
hands refuse to work.
26 They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to
27 God loathes the sacrifice of an evil person, especially
when it is brought with ulterior motives
28 A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness
will be allowed to speak.
29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright proceed
30 Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot
stand against the Lord.
31 The horses are prepared for battle, but
the victory belongs to the Lord.