21 The king’s heart 1 is in the hand 2 of the Lord like channels of water; 3
he turns it wherever he wants.
2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, 4
but the Lord evaluates 5 the motives. 6
3 To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable 7 to the Lord than sacrifice. 8
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –
the agricultural product 9 of the wicked is sin.
5 The plans of the diligent 10 lead 11 only to plenty, 12
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 13
6 Making a fortune 14 by a lying tongue is like 15 a vapor driven back and forth; 16
they seek death. 17
7 The violence 18 done by the wicked 19 will drag them away
because 20 they refuse to do what is right. 21
8 The way of the guilty person 22 is devious, 23
but as for the pure, 24 his way is upright.
9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop 25
than in a house in company 26 with a quarrelsome wife. 27
10 The appetite 28 of the wicked desires 29 evil;
his neighbor is shown no favor 30 in his eyes.
11 When a scorner is punished, the naive 31 becomes wise;
when a wise person is instructed, 32 he gains knowledge.
12 The Righteous One 33 considers 34 the house 35 of the wicked;
he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 36
13 The one who shuts his ears 37 to the cry 38 of the poor,
he too will cry out and will not be answered. 39
14 A gift given 40 in secret subdues 41 anger,
and a bribe given secretly 42 subdues 43 strong wrath. 44
15 Doing 45 justice brings 46 joy to the righteous
and terror 47 to those who do evil.
16 The one who wanders 48 from the way of wisdom 49
will end up 50 in the company of the departed. 51
17 The one who loves 52 pleasure 53 will be 54 a poor person; 55
whoever loves wine and anointing oil 56 will not be rich.
18 The wicked become 57 a ransom 58 for the righteous,
and the faithless 59 are taken 60 in the place of the upright.
19 It is better to live 61 in a desert land 62
than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked 63 woman.
20 There is desirable treasure and olive oil 64 in the dwelling of the wise,
but a foolish person 65 devours all he has. 66
21 The one who pursues righteousness and love 67
finds life, bounty, 68 and honor.
22 The wise person 69 can scale 70 the city of the mighty
and bring down the stronghold 71 in which they trust. 72
23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue 73
keeps his life 74 from troubles. 75
24 A proud 76 and arrogant 77 person, whose name is “Scoffer,” 78
acts 79 with overbearing pride. 80
25 What the sluggard desires 81 will kill him, 82
for his hands 83 refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves greedily, 84
but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 85
27 The wicked person’s sacrifice 86 is an abomination;
how much more 87 when he brings it with evil intent! 88
28 A lying witness 89 will perish, 90
but the one who reports accurately speaks forever. 91
29 A wicked person 92 shows boldness with his face, 93
but as for the upright, 94 he discerns 95 his ways.
30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,
and there is no counsel against 96 the Lord. 97
31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory is from the Lord. 98
22 A good name 1 is to be chosen 2 rather than great wealth,
good favor 3 more than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together; 4
the Lord is the creator of them both. 5
3 A shrewd person 6 sees danger 7 and hides himself,
but the naive keep right on going 8 and suffer for it. 9
4 The reward 10 for humility 11 and fearing the Lord 12
is riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares 13 are in the path of the perverse,
but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.
6 Train 14 a child 15 in the way that he should go, 16
and when he is old he will not turn from it. 17
7 The rich rule over 18 the poor,
and the borrower is servant 19 to the lender.
8 The one who sows 20 iniquity will reap trouble,
and the rod of his fury 21 will end.
9 A generous person 22 will be blessed, 23
for he gives some of his food 24 to the poor.
10 Drive out the scorner 25 and contention will leave;
strife and insults will cease. 26
11 The one who loves a pure heart 27
and whose speech is gracious 28 – the king will be his friend. 29
12 The eyes of the Lord 30 guard knowledge, 31
but he overthrows the words of the faithless person. 32
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion 33 outside!
I will be killed in the middle of the streets!” 34
14 The mouth 35 of an adulteress is like 36 a deep pit; 37
the one against whom the Lord is angry 38 will fall into it. 39
15 Folly is bound up 40 in the heart of a child, 41
but the rod of discipline 42 will drive it far from him.
16 The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain
and the one who gives to the rich 43 – both end up only in poverty.
17 Incline your ear 44 and listen to the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my instruction. 45
18 For it is pleasing if 46 you keep these sayings 47 within you,
and 48 they are ready on your lips. 49
19 So that 50 your confidence may be in the Lord,
I am making them known to you today 51 – even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings 52 for you,
sayings 53 of counsel and knowledge,
21 to show you true and reliable words, 54
so that you may give accurate answers 55 to those who sent you?
22 Do not exploit 56 a poor person because he is poor
and do not crush the needy in court, 57
23 for the Lord will plead their case 58
and will rob those who are robbing 59 them.
24 Do not make friends with an angry person, 60
and do not associate with a wrathful person,
25 lest you learn 61 his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. 62
26 Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge
or who puts up security for debts.
27 If you do not have enough to pay,
your bed 63 will be taken 64 right out from under you! 65
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone 66
which was put in place by your ancestors. 67
29 Do you see a person skilled 68 in his work?
He will take his position before kings;
he will not take his position 69 before obscure people. 70