1 To humans belong the plans of the heart, ¶ but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person's ways seem pure to them, ¶ but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, ¶ and he will establish your plans.
4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end — ¶ even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. ¶ Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; ¶ through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, ¶ he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness ¶ than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course, ¶ but the LORD establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, ¶ and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; ¶ all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing, ¶ for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; ¶ they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, ¶ but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; ¶ his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, ¶ to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; ¶ those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction, ¶ a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed ¶ than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, [^1] and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning, ¶ and gracious words promote instruction. [^2]
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, ¶ but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, ¶ and their lips promote instruction. [^3]
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, ¶ sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right, ¶ but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them; ¶ their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil, ¶ and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, ¶ and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor ¶ and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; ¶ whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; ¶ it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior, ¶ one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap, ¶ but its every decision is from the LORD.