1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
1 People do the planning, but the end result is from the LORD.
1 The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
2 Everything a person does seems pure in his own opinion, but the LORD weighs intentions.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart).
3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
3 Entrust your work to the LORD, and your planning will succeed.
3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
4 The LORD made everything answerable to him, including the wicked at the time of trouble.
4 The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose -- "even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
5 The LORD detests those who are proud; truly they will not go unpunished.
5 Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
6 Iniquity is atoned for by gracious love and truth, and through fear of the LORD people turn from evil.
6 By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man -- "not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
7 When a person's ways please the LORD, even his enemies will be at peace with him.
7 When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousnessThan great income with injustice.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
8 A little gain with righteousness is better than great income without justice.
8 Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice.
9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
9 A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
9 A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
10 When a king is ready to speak officially, what he says should not err with respect to justice.
10 Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king; his mouth should not transgress in judgment.
11 A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; he made all the weights in the bag.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles].
12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for through righteousness the throne is established.
12 It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,And he who speaks right is loved.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
13 Righteous lips are a king’s delight,and he loves one who speaks honestly.
13 Kings take pleasure in righteous speech; they treasure a person who speaks what is upright.
13 Right and just lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.
14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death,But a wise man will appease it.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
14 The king's wrath results in a death sentence, but whoever is wise will appease him.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
15 When a king’s face lights up, there is life;his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.
15 When a king is pleased, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain.
15 In the light of the king's countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain.
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
16 How much better than gaining gold is the acquisition of wisdom, the attainment of wisdom better than silver!
16 How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
17 The road of the upright circumvents evil, and whoever watches how he lives preserves his life.
17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
18 Pride precedes destruction; an arrogant spirit appears before a fall.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
19 Better to be humble among the poor, than to share what is stolen with the proud.
19 Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
20 Whoever listens to a word of instruction prospers, and anyone who trusts in the LORD is blessed.
20 He who deals wisely and heeds [God's] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord -- "happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
21 The wise-hearted person is told to be discerning, and that pleasant speech promotes instruction.
21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,But the discipline of fools is folly.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
22 Anyone who has understanding is a fountain of life, but foolishness brings punishment to fools.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
23 A wise person's thoughts control his words, and his speech promotes instruction.
23 The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
24 Pleasant words are honey from a honeycomb sweet to the soul and healing for the body.
24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.
25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
25 There is a road that seems right for a man to travel, but in the end it's the road to death.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
26 The appetite of the laborer motivates him; indeed, his hunger drives him on.
26 The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on.
27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
27 A worthless person concocts evil gossip his lips are like a burning fire.
27 A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man spreads strife,And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
28 A deceitful man stirs dissension, and anyone who gossips separates friends.
28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
29 A violent man entices his companion and leads him on a path that is not good.
29 The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.
30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things;He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
30 Whoever winks knowingly is plotting deceit; anyone who purses his lips is bent towards evil.
30 He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.
31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.
31 The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
32 Whoever controls his temper is better than a warrior, and anyone who has control of his spirit is better than someone who captures a city.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
33 The dice is cast into someone's lap, but the outcome is from the LORD.
33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].
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