but the Lord gives the right answer.
but the Lord examines their motives.
and your plans will succeed.
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
they will surely be punished.
By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.
even their enemies are at peace with them.
than to be rich and dishonest.
but the Lord determines our steps.
he must never judge unfairly.
he sets the standards for fairness.
for his rule is built on justice.
he loves those who speak honestly.
the wise will try to appease it.
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
and good judgment than silver!
whoever follows that path is safe.
and haughtiness before a fall.
than to share plunder with the proud.
those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
and pleasant words are persuasive.
but discipline is wasted on fools.
the words of the wise are persuasive.
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
but it ends in death.
an empty stomach drives them on.
their words are a destructive blaze.
gossip separates the best of friends.
leading them down a harmful path.
with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
it is gained by living a godly life.
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
33 We may throw the dice,*
but the Lord determines how they fall.
16:33 Hebrew We may cast lots.