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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the Lord weighs the motives.
3Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.
4The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.
5Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
6By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
7When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8Better is a little with righteousness
Than great income with injustice.
9The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
10A divine decision is in the lips of the king;
His mouth should not err in judgment.
11A just balance and scales belong to the Lord;
All the weights of the bag are His concern.
12It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
For a throne is established on righteousness.
13Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And he who speaks right is loved.
14The fury of a king is like messengers of death,
But a wise man will appease it.
15In the light of a king's face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.
16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who watches his way preserves his life.
18Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
21The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
But the discipline of fools is folly.
23The heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26A worker's appetite works for him,
For his hunger urges him on.
27A worthless man digs up evil,
While his words are like scorching fire.
28A perverse man spreads strife,
And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
29A man of violence entices his neighbor
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things;
He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
31A gray head is a crown of glory;
It is found in the way of righteousness.
32He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
33The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the Lord.
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