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GOD'S WORD ® Translation
The plans of the heart belong to humans, but an answer on the tongue comes from the LORD.
2A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives.
3Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
4The LORD has made everything for his own purpose, even wicked people for the day of trouble.
5Everyone with a conceited heart is disgusting to the LORD. Certainly, [such a person]will not go unpunished.
6By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the LORD. By the fear of the LORD, evil is avoided.
7When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8Better a few [possessions] gained honestly than many gained through injustice.
9A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.
10When a divine revelation is on a king's lips, he cannot voice a wrong judgment.
11Honest balances and scales belong to the LORD. He made the entire set of weights.
12Wrongdoing is disgusting to kings because a throne is established through righteousness.
13Kings are happy with honest words, and whoever speaks what is right is loved.
14A king's anger announces death, but a wise man makes peace with him.
15When the king is cheerful, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud bringing spring rain.
16How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver.
17The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life.
18Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.
19Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people.
20Whoever gives attention to the LORD's word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD.
21The person who is truly wise is called understanding, and speaking sweetly helps others learn.
22Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, but stubborn fools punish themselves with their stupidity.
23A wise person's heart controls his speech, and what he says helps others learn.
24Pleasant words are [like] honey from a honeycomb- sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.
25There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in death.
26A laborer's appetite works to his advantage, because his hunger drives him on.
27A worthless person plots trouble, and his speech is like a burning fire.
28A devious person spreads quarrels. A gossip separates the closest of friends.
29A violent person misleads his neighbor and leads him on a path that is not good.
30Whoever winks his eye is plotting something devious. Whoever bites his lips has finished his evil work.
31Silver hair is a beautiful crown found in a righteous life.
32Better to get angry slowly than to be a hero. Better to be even-tempered than to capture a city.
33The dice are thrown, but the LORD determines every outcome.