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1A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:
He directs it wherever He chooses. #Ezr 6:22
2All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives. # Lit Lord weighs the hearts #Pr 12:15|NoBook| 16:2|NoBook| 17:3|NoBook| 24:12Lk 16:15
3Doing what is righteous and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. #1Sm 15:22Pr 15:8Hs 6:6Mc 6:7-8Mt 9:13
4The lamp # Some Hb mss, ancient versions read tillage that guides the wicked —
haughty eyes and an arrogant heart #Ps 101:5Pr 6:16-17|NoBook| 30:13 — is sin.
5The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit,
but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor. #Pr 10:4|NoBook| 14:23|NoBook| 21:20|NoBook| 28:22
6Making a fortune through a lying tongue
is a vanishing mist, # Or a breath blown away a pursuit of death. # Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg read a snare of death # Lit is vanity, ones seeking death #Pr 8:36|NoBook| 13:11|NoBook| 20:21
7The violence of the wicked sweeps them away
because they refuse to act justly.
8A guilty man’s conduct is crooked, #Pr 2:15
but the behavior of the innocent is upright. #Pr 20:11
9Better to live on the corner of a roof
than to share a house with a nagging wife. #Pr 15:16-17|NoBook| 17:1|NoBook| 21:19|NoBook| 25:24
10A wicked person desires evil;
he has no consideration # Or favor for his neighbor. #Pr 14:21
11When a mocker is punished,
the inexperienced become wiser;
when one teaches a wise man,
he acquires knowledge. #Pr 19:25
12The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked;
He brings the wicked to ruin.
13The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
will himself also call out and not be answered. #Pr 14:31|NoBook| 17:5Mt 18:30-34Jms 2:131Jn 3:17
14A secret gift soothes anger,
and a covert bribe, # Lit a bribe in the bosom fierce rage. #Pr 17:8|NoBook| 18:16|NoBook| 19:6
15Justice executed is a joy to the righteous
but a terror to those who practice iniquity. #Pr 10:29Rm 13:13
16The man who strays from the way of wisdom
will come to rest
in the assembly of the departed spirits. #Ps 49:14Pr 2:18|NoBook| 9:18
17The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man;
whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich. #Ec 2:1-3
18The wicked are a ransom for the righteous,
and the treacherous, for # Or in place of the upright. #Pr 11:8Is 43:3
19Better to live in a wilderness
than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife. #Pr 21:9
20Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,
but a foolish man consumes them. # Lit it #Jb 20:15Ps 112:3Pr 10:4|NoBook| 28:20Mt 25:1-13
21The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor. #Pr 3:16|NoBook| 8:18|NoBook| 15:9Mt 5:6|NoBook| 6:33
22A wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down its secure fortress. #2Sm 5:6-9Pr 14:26|NoBook| 24:5Ec 7:199:14-18
23The one who guards his mouth and tongue
keeps himself out of trouble. #Pr 12:13|NoBook| 13:3Jms 3:2
24The proud and arrogant person, named “Mocker,”
acts with excessive pride. #Ps 1:1Pr 1:22|NoBook| 21:11
25A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work. #Pr 10:4|NoBook| 12:24|NoBook| 13:4|NoBook| 19:15
26He is filled with craving # Lit He craves a craving all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back. #Ps 37:26Pr 11:24-25
27The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable —
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives! #Pr 15:8|NoBook| 28:9Is 66:3
28A lying witness will perish, #Pr 19:5
but the one who listens will speak successfully.
29A wicked man puts on a bold face, #Pr 7:13
but the upright man considers his way.
30No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel
will prevail against the Lord. #Is 8:9-101Co 3:19-20
31A horse is prepared for the day of battle, #Ps 20:7|NoBook| 33:17108:10-13Is 31:1
but victory comes from the Lord. #Jr 3:231Co 15:57

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