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21 A king’s heart is like channeled water in the Lord’s hand:

He directs it wherever he chooses.y

All a person’s ways seem right to him,

but the Lord weighs hearts.z

Doing what is righteous and just

is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.aa

The lamp that guides the wicked—

haughty eyes and an arrogant heartab—is sin.

The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit,

but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.ac

Making a fortune through a lying tongue

is a vanishing mist,E a pursuit of death.F,G,ad

The violence of the wicked sweeps them away

because they refuse to act justly.

A guilty one’s conduct is crooked,a

but the behavior of the innocent is upright.b

Better to live on the corner of a roof

than to share a house with a nagging wife.c

10 A wicked person desires evil;

he has no considerationA for his neighbor.d

11 When a mocker is punished,

the inexperienced become wiser;

when one teaches a wise man,

he acquires knowledge.e

12 The Righteous OneB considers the house of the wicked;

he brings the wicked to ruin.

13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor

will himself also call out and not be answered.f

14 A secret gift soothes anger,

and a covert bribe, fierce rage.g

15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous

but a terror to evildoers.h

16 The person who strays from the way of prudence

will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.i

17 The one who loves pleasure will become poor;

whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.j

18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous,

and the treacherous, forC the upright.k

19 Better to live in a wilderness

than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.l

20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,

but a fool consumes them.D,m

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love

will find life, righteousness, and honor.n

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors

and brought down its secure fortress.o

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue

keeps himself out of trouble.p

24 The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,”

acts with excessive arrogance.q

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him

because his hands refuse to work.r

26 He is filled with cravingE all day long,

but the righteous give and don’t hold back.s

27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—

how much more so

when he brings it with ulterior motives!t

28 A lying witness will perish,u

but the one who listens will speak successfully.

29 A wicked person puts on a bold face,v

but the upright one considers his way.

30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel

will prevail against the Lord.w

31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,x

but victory comes from the Lord.y


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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