16 1People make plans in their hearts. But the Lord controls what they say. 2Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the Lord knows what that man is thinking. 3Commit to the Lord everything you do. Then your plans will succeed. 4The Lord works everything out for his own purposes. Even those who do wrong were made for a day of trouble. 5The Lord hates all those who have proud hearts. You can be sure that they will be punished. 6Through love and truth sin is paid for. People avoid evil when they have respect for the Lord. 7When the way you live pleases the Lord, he makes even your enemies live at peace with you. 8It is better to have a little and do right than to have a lot and be unfair. 9In your heart you plan your life. But the Lord decides where your steps will take you. 10A king might speak as if his words come from God. But what he says should not turn right into wrong. 11Honest scales and balances come from the Lord. He made all of the weights in the bag. 12A king hates it when his people do what is wrong. A ruler is made secure when they do what is right. 13Kings are pleased when what you say is honest. They value people who speak the truth. 14An angry king can order your death. But a wise man will try to calm him down. 15When a king’s face is happy, it means life. His favor is like rain in the spring. 16It is much better to get wisdom than gold. It is much better to choose understanding than silver. 17The path of honest people takes them away from evil. Those who guard their ways guard their lives. 18If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall. 19Suppose you are lowly in spirit and are with those who are beaten down. That’s better than sharing stolen goods with those who are proud. 20If anyone pays attention to what he is taught, he will succeed. Blessed is the person who puts his trust in the Lord. 21Wise hearts are known for understanding what is right. Pleasant words make people want to learn more. 22Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it. But foolish people are punished for the foolish things they do. 23The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more. 24Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body. 25There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death. 26The hunger of a worker makes him work. His hunger drives him on. 27A worthless man plans to do evil things. His words are like a burning fire. 28A twisted person stirs up fights. Anyone who talks about others comes between close friends. 29A man who wants to hurt others tries to get them to sin. He leads them down a path that isn’t good. 30When he winks with his eyes, he is planning to do wrong. When his lips are tightly closed, he is up to no good. 31Gray hair is a glorious crown. You get it by living the right way. 32It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city. 33Lots are cast into the lap to make decisions. But everything they decide comes from the Lord.
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