1 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He aturns it wherever He wishes. 2 aEvery man's way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord bweighs the hearts. 3 To do arighteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The alamp of the wicked, is sin. 5 The plans of the adiligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone bwho is hasty comes surely to poverty. 6 The aacquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of bdeath. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they arefuse to act with justice. 8 The way of a guilty man is acrooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright. 9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His aneighbor finds no favor in his eyes. 11 When the ascoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked, Turning the awicked to ruin. 13 He who ashuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be banswered. 14 A agift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath. 15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is aterror to the workers of iniquity. 16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will arest in the assembly of the dead. 17 He who aloves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich. 18 The wicked is a aransom for the righteous, And the btreacherous is in the place of the upright. 19 aIt is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman. 20 There is precious atreasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man bswallows it up. 21 He who apursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 22 A awise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 He who aguards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. 24 "Proud," "Haughty," "aScoffer," are his names, Who acts with binsolent pride. 25 The adesire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work; 26 All day long he is craving, While the righteous agives and does not hold back. 27 The asacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent! 28 A afalse witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever. 29 A wicked man adisplays a bold face, But as for the bupright, he makes his way sure. 30 There is ano wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the Lord. 31 The ahorse is prepared for the day of battle, But bvictory belongs to the Lord.