1The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord as the watercourses:
He turneth it whithersoever he will
2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
But the Lord weigheth the hearts
3To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice
4An high look, and a proud heart, even the lamp of the wicked, is sin
5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness:
But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want
6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro;
they that seek them seek death
7The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away;
because they refuse to do judgement
8The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked:
But as for the pure, his work is right
9It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a wide house
10The soul of the wicked desireth evil:
His neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes
11When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise:
And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge
12The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked;
how the wicked are overthrown to their ruin
13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry, but shall not be heard
14A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath
15It is joy to the righteous to do judgement;
but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity
16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the dead
17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:
He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich
18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous;
and the treacherous cometh in the stead of the upright
19It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman
20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
but a foolish man swalloweth it up
21He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour
22A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof
23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles
24The proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, he worketh in the arrogance of pride
25The desire of the slothful killeth him;
for his hands refuse to labour
26There is that coveteth greedily all the day long:
But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not
27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination:
How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind!
28A false witness shall perish:
But the man that heareth shall speak unchallenged
29A wicked man hardeneth his face:
But as for the upright, he ordereth his ways
30There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord
31The horse is prepared against the day of battle:
But victory is of the Lord,