1Like flowing water is a king's heart in Yahweh's hand; he directs it wherever he pleases. 2All actions are straight in the doer's own eyes, but it is Yahweh who weighs hearts. 3To do what is upright and just is more pleasing to Yahweh than sacrifice. 4Haughty eye, proud heart, lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin. 5The hardworking is thoughtful, and al is gain; too much haste, and all that comes of it is want. 6To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue: such is the idle fantasy of those who look for death. 7The violence of the wicked proves their ruin, for they refuse to do what is right. 8The way of the felon is devious, the conduct of the innocent straight. 9Better the corner of a roof to live on than a house shared with a quarrelsome woman. 10The soul of the wicked is intent on evil, to such a person no neighbour can ever do right. 11When a cynic is punished, simpletons grow wiser, but someone of understanding acquires knowledgeby instruction. 12The Upright One watches the house of the wicked; he hurls the wicked to destruction. 13Whoever refuses to listen to the cry of the weak, wil in turn plead and not be heard. 14Anger is mol ified by a covert gift, raging fury by a present under cover of the cloak. 15Doing what is right fills the upright with joy, but evil-doers with terror. 16Whoever strays far from the way of prudence wil rest in the assembly of shadows. 17Pleasure-lovers stay poor, no one wil grow rich who loves wine and good living. 18The wicked is a ransom for the upright; and the law-breaker for the honest. 19Better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and irritable woman. 20The wise has valuables and oil at home, but a fool soon runs through both. 21Whoever pursues uprightness and faithful love will find life, uprightness and honour. 22A sage can scale a garrisoned city and shatter the rampart on which it relied. 23Watch kept over mouth and tongue keeps the watcher safe from disaster. 24Insolent, haughty -- the name is 'Cynic'; overweening pride marks such behaviour. 25The idler's desires are the death of him, since his hands wil do no work. 26Al day long the godless is racked by desire, the upright gives without ever refusing. 27The sacrifice of the wicked is abhorrent, above al if it is offered for bad motives. 28The false witness wil perish, but no one who knows how to listen wil ever be silenced. 29The wicked man's strength shows on his face, but the honest it is whose steps are firm. 30No wisdom, no understanding, no advice is worth anything before Yahweh. 31Fit out the cavalry for the day of battle, but the victory is Yahweh's.
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