Just as water is turned into irrigation ditches, so The Lord directs the king’s thoughts. He turns them wherever he wants to.
2 We can justify our every deed but God looks at our motives.
3 God is more pleased when we are just and fair than when we give him gifts.
4 Pride, lust, and evil actions are all sin.
5 Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.
6 Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk?
7 Because the wicked are unfair, their violence boomerangs and destroys them.
8 A man is known by his actions. An evil man lives an evil life, a good man lives a godly life.
9 It is better to live in the corner of an attic that with a crabby woman in a lovely home.
10 An evil man loves to harm his others; being a good neighbor is out of his line.
11 The wise man learns by listening; the simpleton can learn only by seeing scorners punished.
12 The godly learn by watching ruin overtake the wicked.
13 He who shuts his ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in his own time of need.
14 An angry man is silenced by giving him a gift!
15 A good man loves justice but it is a calamity to evil-doers.
16 The man who strays away from common sense will end up dead!
18 The wicked will finally lose; the righteous will finally win.
19 Better to live in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining woman.
20 The wise man saves for the future but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.
21 The man who tries to be good, loving and kind finds life, righteousness and honor.
22 The wise man conquers the strong man and levels his defenses.
24 Mockers are proud, haughty and arrogant.
25,26 The lazy man longs for many things but his hands refuse to work. He is greedy to get, while the godly love to give!
27 God loathes the gifts of evil men, especially if they are trying to bribe Him!
28 A false witness must be punished; an honest witness is safe.
29 An evil man is stubborn but godly man will reconsider.
30 No one, regardless of how shrewd or well-advised he is, can stand against The Lord.
31 Go ahead and prepare for the conflict but victory comes from God.
Text: Children's Living Bible, Tyndale House Publishing 1972
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