1 In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water ¶ that he channels toward all who please him.
2 A person may think their own ways are right, ¶ but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do what is right and just ¶ is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart — ¶ the unplowed field of the wicked —produce sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit ¶ as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue ¶ is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. [^1]
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, ¶ for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of the guilty is devious, ¶ but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on a corner of the roof ¶ than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked crave evil; ¶ their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; ¶ by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
12 The Righteous One [^2] takes note of the house of the wicked ¶ and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor ¶ will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, ¶ and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous ¶ but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence ¶ comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; ¶ whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, ¶ and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a desert ¶ than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, ¶ but fools gulp theirs down.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love ¶ finds life, prosperity [^3] and honor.
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty ¶ and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues ¶ keep themselves from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant person —"Mocker" is his name — ¶ behaves with insolent fury.
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, ¶ because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable — ¶ how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish, ¶ but a careful listener will testify successfully.
29 The wicked put up a bold front, ¶ but the upright give thought to their ways.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan ¶ that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, ¶ but victory rests with the LORD.