GOD’S WORD Translation
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Wine ⸤makes people⸥ mock, 

liquor ⸤makes them⸥ noisy, 

and everyone under their influence is unwise. 

The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion. 

Whoever makes him angry forfeits his life. 

Avoiding a quarrel is honorable. 

After all, any stubborn fool can start a fight. 

A lazy person does not plow in the fall.a

He looks for something in the harvest but finds nothing

A motive in the human heart is like deep water, 

and a person who has understanding draws it out. 

Many people declare themselves loyal, 

but who can find someone who is ⸤really⸥ trustworthy? 

A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. 

Blessed are his children after he is gone. 

A king who sits on his throne to judge sifts out every evil with his eyes. 

Who can say, 

“I’ve made my heart pure. 

I’m cleansed from my sin”? 

10  A double standard of weights and measures— 

both are disgusting to the Lord

11  Even a child makes himself known by his actions, 

whether his deeds are pure or right. 

12  The ear that hears, 

the eye that sees— 

the Lord made them both. 

13  Do not love sleep or you will end up poor. 

Keep your eyes open, and you will have plenty to eat. 

14  “Bad! Bad!” says the buyer. 

Then, as he goes away, he brags ⸤about his bargain⸥. 

15  There are gold and plenty of jewels, 

but the lips of knowledge are precious gems. 

16  Hold on to the garment of one who guarantees a stranger’s loan, 

and hold responsible the person who makes a loan on behalf of a foreigner. 

17  Food gained dishonestly tastes sweet to a person, 

but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel. 

18  Plans are confirmed by getting advice, 

and with guidance one wages war. 

19  Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets. 

Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open. 

20  The lamp of the person who curses his father and mother 

will be snuffed out in total darkness.b

21  An inheritance quickly obtained in the beginning 

will never be blessed in the end. 

22  Do not say, “I’ll get even with you!” 

Wait for the Lord, and he will save you. 

23  A double standard of weights is disgusting to the Lord

and dishonest scales are no good. 

24  The Lord is the one who directs a person’s steps. 

How then can anyone understand his own way? 

25  It is a trap for a person to say impulsively, “This is a holy offering!” 

and later to have second thoughts about those vows. 

26  A wise king scatters the wicked 

and then runs them over. 

27  A person’s soul is the Lord’s lamp. 

It searches his entire innermost being. 

28  Mercy and truth protect a king, 

and with mercy he maintains his throne. 

29  While the glory of young men is their strength, 

the splendor of older people is their silver hair. 

30  Brutal beatings cleanse away wickedness. 

Such beatings cleanse the innermost being. 


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.

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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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