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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 The aplans of the heart belong to man,
  But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
  2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
  But the aLORD weighs the Imotives.
  3 IaCommit your works to the LORD
  And your plans will be established.
  4 The LORD ahas made everything for Iits own purpose,
  Even the bwicked for the day of evil.
  5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
  Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
  6 By alovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
  And by the Ibfear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
  7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD,
  He amakes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  8 Better is a little with righteousness
  Than great income with injustice.
  9 The mind of aman plans his way,
  But bthe LORD directs his steps.
  10 A divine adecision is in the lips of the king;
  His mouth should not Ierr in judgment.
  11 A ajust balance and scales belong to the LORD;
  All the Iweights of the bag are His IIconcern.
  12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
  For a athrone is established on righteousness.
  13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
  And he who speaks right is loved.
  14 The fury of a king is [like] messengers of death,
  But a wise man will appease it.
  15 In the light of a king’s face is life,
  And his favor is like a cloud with the Iaspring rain.
  16 How much abetter it is to get wisdom than gold!
  And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
  17 The ahighway of the upright is to depart from evil;
  He who watches his way preserves his Ilife.
  18 aPride [goes] before destruction,
  And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
  19 It is better to be ahumble in spirit with the lowly
  Than to bdivide the spoil with the proud.
  20 He who gives attention to the word will afind good,
  And bblessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
  21 The awise in heart will be called understanding,
  And sweetness of Ispeech bincreases IIpersuasiveness.
  22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
  But the discipline of fools is folly.
  23 The aheart of the wise instructs his mouth
  And adds Ipersuasiveness to his lips.
  24 aPleasant words are a honeycomb,
  Sweet to the soul and bhealing to the bones.
  25 aThere is a way [which seems] right to a man,
  But its end is the way of death.
  26 A worker’s appetite works for him,
  For his Ihunger urges him [on].
  27 A aworthless man digs up evil,
  While Ihis words are like bscorching fire.
  28 A perverse man spreads strife,
  And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
  29 A man of violence aentices his neighbor
  And leads 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.
  31 A agray head is a crown of glory;
  It bis found in the way of righteousness.
  32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
  And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
  33 The alot is cast into the lap,
  But its every bdecision is from the LORD.

[1] aPv 16:9; 19:21
[2] ILit spirits a1S 16:7; Dn 5:27
[3] ILit Roll aPs 37:5; 55:22; Pv 3:6; 1P 5:7
[4] IOr His aGn 1:31; Ec 3:11 bRo 9:22
[6] IOr reverence aDn 4:27; Lk 11:41 bPv 8:13; 14:16
[7] aGn 33:4; 2Ch 17:10
[9] aPv 16:1; 19:21 bPs 37:23; Pv 20:24; Jr 10:23
[10] ILit be unfaithful a1K 3:28
[11] ILit stones IILit work aPv 11:1
[12] aPv 25:5
[15] ILit latter aJb 29:23
[16] aPv 8:10, 19
[17] ILit soul aIs 35:8
[18] aPv 11:2; 18:12; Jr 49:16; Ob 3, 4
[19] aPv 3:34; 29:23; Is 57:15 bEx 15:9; Jg 5:30; Pv 1:13, 14
[20] aPv 19:8 bPs 2:12; 34:8; Jr 17:7
[21] ILit lips IIOr learning aHo 14:9 bPv 16:23
[23] IOr learning aPs 37:30; Pv 15:28; Mt 12:34
[24] aPs 19:10; Pv 15:26; 24:13, 14 bPv 4:22; 17:22
[25] aPv 12:15; 14:12
[26] ILit mouth
[27] ILit on his lips aPv 6:12, 14, 18 bJm 3:6
[29] aPv 1:10; 12:26
[31] aPv 20:29 bPv 3:1, 2
[33] aPv 18:18 bPv 29:26


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD. 2 All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 4 The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. 5 Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil. 7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. 9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. 10 A divine sentence [is] in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. 11 A just weight and balance [are] the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work. 12 [It is] an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. 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. 16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! 17 The highway of the upright [is] to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. 18 Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an 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. 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he. 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 22 Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly. 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death. 26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good. 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. 31 The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness. 32 [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.

[1] Ex 4:11, 15; 2Ch 18:31; Ezr 7:27; Ne 1:11; Ps 10:17; 119:36; Pv 16:9; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1; Jr 1:7; 10:23; 32:39; Ezk 36:26; Mt 10:19; Lk 12:11; 21:14; 2Co 8:16; Php 2:13; Jm 1:16.
[2] 1S 15:13; 16:7; Ps 36:2; Pv 5:21; 16:25; 21:2; 24:12; 30:12; Is 26:7; Jr 2:22; 17:10; Dn 5:27; Lk 16:15; 18:9; Ro 7:7; Rv 2:18, 23.
[3] Jb 5:8; 22:28; Ps 37:4; 55:22; Is 7:5; Mt 6:25; Lk 12:22; Php 4:6; 1P 5:7.
[4] Jb 21:30; Is 43:7, 21; Ro 9:22; 11:36; 1P 2:8; 2P 2:3, 9; Rv 4:11.
[5] Ex 20:7; Jb 40:12; Pv 6:16; 8:13; 11:21; Is 3:11; Ro 2:8; Jm 4:6.
[6] Gn 20:11; Ne 5:9, 15; Jb 1:1; 28:28; Ps 85:10; Pv 8:13; 14:16, 27; 20:28; Dn 4:27; Mi 7:18; Lk 11:41; Jn 15:2; Ac 15:9; 2Co 7:1; Ep 5:21; 1P 1:22.
[7] Gn 27:41; 32:6, 28; 33:4; Ps 69:31; Jr 15:11; Ac 9:1, 19; Ro 8:31; Php 4:18; Col 1:10; 3:20; He 13:21; 1Jn 3:22.
[8] Ps 37:16; Pv 15:16; 21:6; Jr 17:11; Mi 6:10; 1Ti 6:6.
[9] Ps 37:23; Pv 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:30; Is 46:10; Jr 10:23.
[10] Gn 44:5, 15; Dt 17:18; 2S 23:3; Ps 45:6; 72:1; 99:4; Pv 16:12; Is 32:1; Jr 23:5; Ho 10:4; Am 5:7; 6:12.
[11] Lv 19:35; Dt 25:13; Pv 11:1; 20:10, 23; Ezk 45:10; Ho 12:7; Am 8:5; Mi 6:11.
[12] Dt 25:16; Ps 99:4; Pv 20:18; 25:5; 28:9; 29:14; Lk 12:48; Rv 19:11.
[13] Ps 101:5; Pv 14:35; 22:11.
[14] 2K 6:31; Pv 17:11; 19:12; 20:2; Ec 10:4; Dn 3:13; Mk 6:27; Lk 12:4; Ac 12:20; 2Co 5:20.
[15] Jb 29:23; Ps 4:6; 21:6; 30:5; 72:6; Pv 19:12; Ho 6:3; Zc 10:1; Ac 2:28.
[16] Jb 28:13; Ps 119:127; Pv 3:15; 4:7; 8:10, 19; Ec 7:12; Mt 16:26; Lk 12:21.
[17] Pv 4:24; 10:9; 19:16; Is 35:8; Mt 24:13; Ac 10:35; 24:16; Tit 2:10; He 10:39; Jde 1:21, 24; Rv 3:10.
[18] Es 3:5; 6:6; 7:10; Pv 11:2; 17:19; 18:12; 29:23; Is 2:11; 37:10, 38; Dn 4:30; 5:22, 24; Ob 1:3; Mt 26:33, 74; Ro 11:20; 1Ti 3:6.
[19] Ex 15:9; Ps 34:18; 138:6; Is 9:3; 10:6, 13; 53:12; 57:15; Mt 5:3; Lk 1:51; 18:13.
[20] Gn 41:38; 1Ch 5:20; Ps 2:12; 34:8; 125:1; 146:5; Pv 8:35; 13:15; 17:2; 19:8; 22:19; 24:3; Is 26:3; 30:18; Jr 17:7; Dn 1:19; 3:28; 6:23; Mt 10:16; Ep 1:12.
[21] 1K 3:12; Ps 45:2; Pv 10:8; 15:7; 16:23, 24; 23:15; 27:9; Ec 12:10; Is 50:4; Lk 4:22; Jn 7:46; Ro 16:19; Jm 3:17.
[22] Pv 10:11; 13:14; 14:27; 15:2, 28; 18:4; Mt 15:14; 23:16; Lk 6:39; Jn 5:24; 6:63, 68.
[23] Ps 37:30; 45:1; Pv 15:28; 22:17; Mt 12:34; Col 3:16.
[24] Dt 32:2; Ps 19:10; 119:103; Pv 3:8; 4:22; 12:18; 15:23, 26; 23:16; 24:13; 25:11; 27:9; So 4:11; Jr 15:16; Jn 20:19.
[25] Pv 12:26; 14:12; Is 28:15; Jn 7:47; 9:40; Ac 26:9; 2Co 13:5.
[26] Pv 9:12; 14:23; Ec 6:7; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:8.
[27] 1S 25:17; 2S 20:1; Ps 17:14; 52:2; 57:4; Pv 2:4; Is 5:18; Hab 2:13; Jm 3:6.
[28] Gn 3:1; 1S 24:9; Pv 6:14, 19; 15:18; 17:9; 18:8; 26:20; 29:22; 30:33; Ro 1:29; 2Co 12:20; 1Ti 6:3; Jm 3:14.
[29] 1S 19:11, 17; 22:7; 23:19; Ne 6:13; Pv 1:10; 2:12; 3:31; 2P 3:17.
[30] Pv 6:12; 10:10; 16:27; Is 6:10; Mi 7:3; Mt 13:15; 14:7; 27:23; Jn 3:20.
[31] Gn 47:7; Lv 19:32; 1S 12:2; 1Ch 29:10; Jb 32:6; Pv 20:29; Ec 4:13; Lk 1:6; 2:29, 37; Phm 1:9.
[32] Ps 103:8; Pv 14:29; 15:18; 16:19; 19:11; 25:28; Ro 12:21; Ep 5:1; Jm 1:19; Rv 3:21.
[33] Nu 26:55; Jsh 7:14; 18:5, 10; 1S 14:41; Ne 11:1; Jna 1:7; Ac 1:26.


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