- Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the LORD; wherever it pleases him, he directs it.
- All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves hearts.
- 1 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
- Haughty eyes and a proud heart-- the tillage of the wicked is sin.
- The plans of the diligent are sure of profit, but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty.
- He who makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.
- The oppression of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is right.
- The way of the culprit is crooked, but the conduct of the innocent is right.
- It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than in a roomy house with a quarrelsome woman.
- The soul of the wicked man desires evil; his neighbor finds no pity in his eyes.
- When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser; when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
- The just man appraises the house of the wicked: there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin.
- He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.
- A secret gift allays anger, and a concealed present, violent wrath.
- To practice justice is a joy for the just, but terror for evildoers.
- 2 The man who strays from the way of good sense will abide in the assembly of the shades.
- He who loves pleasure will suffer want; he who loves wine and perfume will not be rich.
- 3 The wicked man serves as ransom for the just, and the faithless man for the righteous.
- It is better to dwell in a wilderness than with a quarrelsome and vexatious wife.
- Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise, but the fool consumes it.
- He who pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.
- The wise man storms a city of the mighty, and overthrows the stronghold in which it trusts.
- He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from trouble.
- Arrogant is the name for the man of overbearing pride who acts with scornful effrontery.
- The sluggard's propensity slays him, for his hands refuse to work.
- Some are consumed with avarice all the day, but the just man gives unsparingly.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, the more so when they offer it with a bad intention.
- The false witness will perish, but he who listens will finally have his say.
- The wicked man is brazenfaced, but the upright man pays heed to his ways.
- There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, against the LORD.
- The horse is equipped for the day of battle, but victory is the LORD'S.
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Footnotes1 External rites or sacrifices do not please God unless accompanied by internal worship and right moral conduct; cf Prov 15:8; 21:27; Isaiah 1:11-15; Amos 5:22; Malachi 1:12.
2 Assembly of the shades: cf note on Job 26:5.
3 Wicked . . . ransom for the just: exemplified in the history of God's chosen people whom he ransomed from Egypt at the cost of the life of Pharaoh and his army (Exodus 14:23-31), and from Babylon by giving to Cyrus, the Persian conqueror, Egypt, Ethiopia and Seba, the richest lands of the world (Isaiah 43:1-3).
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