1 ¶ The king's heart
is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever
2 ¶ Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
3 ¶ To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 ¶ An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
5 ¶ The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
6 ¶ The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7 ¶ The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8 ¶ The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 ¶ It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 ¶ The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
11 ¶ When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 ¶ The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 ¶ Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 ¶ A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
15 ¶ It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 ¶ The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17 ¶ He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 ¶ The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 ¶ It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 ¶ There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 ¶ He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
22 ¶ A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
23 ¶ Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
24 ¶ Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 ¶ The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 ¶ A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29 ¶ A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 ¶ There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
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