1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
1 A king's heart is a water stream that the LORD controls; he directs it wherever he pleases.
1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
2 Every man's lifestyle is proper in his own view, but the LORD weighs the heart.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
4 A proud attitude, accompanied by a haughty look, is sin; they reveal wicked people.
4 Haughtiness of eyes and a proud heart, even the tillage of the wicked or the lamp [of joy] to them [whatever it may be], are sin [in the eyes of God].
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
5 Plans of the persistent surely lead to productivity, but all who are hasty will surely become poor.
5 The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
6 A fortune gained by deceit is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
6 Securing treasures by a lying tongue is a vapor driven to and fro; those who seek them seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them awaybecause they refuse to act justly.
7 Devastation caused by the wicked will drag them away because they refuse to do what is just.
7 The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
8 The conduct of a guilty man is perverse, but the behavior of the pure is upright.
8 The way of the guilty is exceedingly crooked, but as for the pure, his work is right and his conduct is straight.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
9 It's better to live in a corner on the roof than to share a house with a contentious woman.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop [on the flat oriental roof, exposed to all kinds of weather] than in a house shared with a nagging, quarrelsome, and faultfinding woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
10 The soul of the wicked craves evil; he extends no mercy to his neighbor.
10 The soul or life of the wicked craves and seeks evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
11 When a mocker is punished, the fool gains wisdom; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked;He brings the wicked to ruin.
12 The righteous God considers the house of the wicked, bringing the wicked to ruin.
12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous man considers well the house of the wicked -- "how the wicked are cast down to ruin.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
13 Whoever refuses to hear the cry of the poor will also cry himself, but he won't be answered.
13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
14 Privately given gifts pacify wrath, and payments made secretly appease great anger.
14 A gift in secret pacifies and turns away anger, and a bribe in the lap, strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
15 Administering justice brings joy to the righteous, but terror to those who practice iniquity.
15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God), but to the evildoers it is dismay, calamity, and ruin.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
16 Whoever wanders from the path of understanding will end up where the dead are gathered.
16 A man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall abide in the congregation of the spirits (of the dead).
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
17 Pleasure lovers become poor; loving wine and oil doesn't bring riches.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
18 The wicked are ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and the treacherous for the upright [because the wicked themselves fall into the traps and pits they have dug for the good].
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
19 It's better to live in the wilderness than to live with a contentious and irritable woman.
19 It is better to dwell in a desert land than with a contentious woman and with vexation.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
20 Precious treasures and oil are found where the wise live, but a foolish man devours them.
20 There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and gracious love finds life, righteousness, and honor.
21 He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty, bringing down the fortress in which they trust.
22 A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
23 Whoever watches his mouth and tongue keeps himself from trouble.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
24 The names "Proud," "Arrogant," and "Mocker" fit whoever acts with presumptuous conceit.
24 The proud and haughty man -- "Scoffer is his name -- "deals and acts with overbearing pride.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
25 What the lazy person craves will kill him, because his hands refuse to work.
25 The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
26 All day long he continues to crave, while the righteous person gives without holding back.
26 He covets greedily all the day long, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous gives and does not withhold.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
27 What the wicked person sacrifices is detestable how much more when he offers it with vile motives!
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is exceedingly disgusting and abhorrent [to the Lord] -- "how much more when he brings it with evil intention?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
28 A false witness will perish, but whoever listens will testify successfully.
28 A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears attentively will endure and go unchallenged.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
29 The wicked man puts up a bold appearance, but the upright thinks about what he is doing.
29 A wicked man puts on the bold, unfeeling face [of guilt], but as for the upright, he considers, directs, and establishes his way [with the confidence of integrity].
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
30 No wisdom, insight, or counsel can prevail against the LORD.
30 There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
31 The horse may be prepared for the day of battle, but to the LORD goes the victory.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord.
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