he king's heart is as rivers of water in the hand of the LORD:
he turneth it whithersoever he will.
. .2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD
weigheth the hearts.
. .3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than
. .4 An haughty look, and a proud heart, the lamp of the
wicked, is sin.
. .5 The purposes of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but every one that is hasty cometh only to want.
. .6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour that vanisheth
away, and a snare of death.
. .7 The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away;
refuse to do justice.
. .8 The way of the transgressor is crooked: but as for the pure,
his doings are upright.
. .9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than to share a house
. .10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no
favour in his eyes.
. .11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and
when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
. .12 The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked,
and 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.
. .14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a bribe in the bosom
. .15 It is joy to the just to do justice: but to the workers of iniquity,
it is a terror.
. .16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall
rest in the congregation of the dead.
. .17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth
wine and oil shall not be rich.
. .18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the
unfaithful for the upright.
. .19 It is better to dwell in the desert, than with a
contentious and an angry woman.
. .20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the
wise; but a foolish man devoureth it up.
. .21 He that followeth after righteousness and kindness findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.
. .22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down
the stronghold in which they trust.
. .23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from
. .24 Proud and haughty and scorner is his name, who dealeth in
. .25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse
. .26 The wicked coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous
giveth and spareth not.
. .27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more,
when he bringeth it with an evil intent!
. .28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that harkeneth to the truth
. .29 A wicked man showeth the boldness of his face: but as for the upright,
maketh sure his way.
. .30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel which availeth
. .31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but victory is