1 ¶ The preparations
of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2 ¶ All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 ¶ Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4 ¶ The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 ¶ Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6 ¶ By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
7 ¶ When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 ¶ Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
9 ¶ A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
10 ¶ A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
11 ¶ A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
12 ¶ It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 ¶ Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
14 ¶ The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16 ¶ How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 ¶ The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 ¶ Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 ¶ Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 ¶ He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
21 ¶ The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 ¶ Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 ¶ The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 ¶ Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 ¶ There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 ¶ He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 ¶ An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 ¶ A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
31 ¶ The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
32 ¶ He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
33 ¶ The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
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