1 We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines
3 Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the
wicked for punishment.
5 The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided
by fear of the Lord.
7 When the ways of people please the Lord, he makes even
their enemies live at peace with them.
8 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and
9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our
10 The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge
11 The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; he sets
12 A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his
13 The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those
who speak honestly.
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what
they can to appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes
like a gentle rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding
17 The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever
follows that path is safe.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a
19 It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share
plunder with the proud.
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who
trust the Lord will be happy.
21 The wise are known for their understanding, and
instruction is appreciated if it’s well presented.
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess
it, but discipline is wasted on fools.
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise
24 Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy
for the body.
25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but
it ends in death.
26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty
stomach drives them on.
27 Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates
the best of friends.
29 Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down
a harmful path.
30 With narrowed eyes, they plot evil; without a word, they
plan their mischief.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a
32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to
have self-control than to conquer a city.
33 We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they