1To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. 2All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. 3Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 4The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. 6Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided. 7When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them. 8Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. 9In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.