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Wisdom’s Blessings Come from the Lord

The plans of the heart belong to humans, 

but an answer on the tongue comes from the Lord

A person thinks all his ways are pure, 

but the Lord weighs motives. 

Entrust your efforts to the Lord

and your plans will succeed. 

The Lord has made everything for his own purpose, 

even wicked people for the day of trouble. 

Everyone with a conceited heart is disgusting to the Lord

Certainly, ⸤such a person⸥ will not go unpunished. 

By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the Lord

By the fear of the Lord, evil is avoided. 

When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord

he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 

Better a few ⸤possessions⸥ gained honestly 

than many gained through injustice. 

A person may plan his own journey, 

but the Lord directs his steps. 

10  When a divine revelation is on a king’s lips, 

he cannot voice a wrong judgment. 

11  Honest balances and scales belong to the Lord

He made the entire set of weights. 

12  Wrongdoing is disgusting to kings 

because a throne is established through righteousness. 

13  Kings are happy with honest words, 

and whoever speaks what is right is loved. 

14  A king’s anger announces death, 

but a wise man makes peace with him. 

15  When the king is cheerful, there is life, 

and his favor is like a cloud bringing spring rain. 

16  How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, 

and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver. 

17  The highway of decent people turns away from evil. 

Whoever watches his way preserves his own life. 

18  Pride precedes a disaster, 

and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall. 

19  Better to be humble with lowly people 

than to share stolen goods with arrogant people. 

20  Whoever gives attention to the Lord’s word prospers, 

and blessed is the person who trusts the Lord

21  The person who is truly wise is called understanding, 

and speaking sweetly helps others learn. 

22  Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, 

but stubborn fools punish themselves with their stupidity. 

23  A wise person’s heart controls his speech, 

and what he says helps others learn. 

24  Pleasant words are ⸤like⸥ honey from a honeycomb— 

sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body. 

Words of Advice to a Wise Son

25  There is a way that seems right to a person, 

but eventually it ends in death. 

26  A laborer’s appetite works to his advantage, 

because his hunger drives him on. 

27  A worthless person plots trouble, 

and his speech is like a burning fire. 

28  A devious person spreads quarrels. 

A gossip separates the closest of friends. 

29  A violent person misleads his neighbor 

and leads him on a path that is not good. 

30  Whoever winks his eye is plotting something devious. 

Whoever bites his lips has finished his evil work. 

31  Silver hair is a beautiful crown found in a righteous life. 

32  Better to get angry slowly than to be a hero. 

Better to be even-tempered than to capture a city. 

33  The dice are thrown, 

but the Lord determines every outcome. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Up to 500 verses from GOD’S WORD may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to more than 25% of the text of the work in which they are quoted.

The designation (GOD’S WORD) must always appear after each quotation. In addition, if the quotation is used in a work that is not for sale, the work must bear the following notice either on the title page or reverse thereof of each copy, or in a location where it can be readily perceived by the reader:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission.

If used in a work that is for sale, the following copyright notice must be used:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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