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16 The reflections of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. p

All a man’s ways seem right to him,

but the Lord evaluates the motives. q r

Commit your activities to the Lord,

and your plans will be achieved. s

The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—

even the wicked for the day of disaster. t

Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord; u

be assured, v he will not go unpunished. w

Wickedness is * atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, x

and one turns from evil by the * fear of the Lord. y

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

He z makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. a

Better a little with righteousness

than great income with injustice. b

A man’s heart plans his way,

but the Lord determines his steps. c

10 God’s verdict is on the lips of a king; d e

his mouth should not give an unfair judgment. f

11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;

all the weights in the bag g are His concern. h

12 Wicked behavior i is detestable to kings, j

since a throne is established through righteousness. k

13 Righteous lips are a king’s delight,

and he loves one who speaks honestly.

14 A king’s fury is a messenger of death,

but a wise man appeases it. l

15 When a king’s face lights up, there is life;

his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.

16 Get wisdom—

how much better it is than gold!

And get understanding—

it is preferable to silver. m

17 The highway of the upright n avoids evil;

the one who guards his way protects his life. o

18 Pride comes before destruction,

and an arrogant spirit before a fall. p

19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble q r

than to divide plunder with the proud. s

20 The one who understands a matter finds success, t

and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy. u

21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,

and pleasant speech v increases learning. w

22 Insight is a fountain of life x for its possessor,

but the discipline of fools is folly.

23 A wise heart instructs its mouth

and increases learning with its speech. y z

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb: a

sweet to the taste b and health to the body. c d

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

but its end is the way to death. e

26 A worker’s appetite works for him

because his hunger f urges him on.

27 A worthless man digs up evil,

and his speech is like a scorching fire. g

28 A contrary man spreads conflict,

and a gossip separates close friends. h

29 A violent man lures his neighbor, i

leading him in a way that is not good. j

30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions;

the one who compresses his lips brings about evil. k

31 Gray hair is a glorious crown; l

it is found in the way of righteousness. m

32 Patience is better than power,

and controlling one’s temper, n than capturing a city. o

33 The lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is from the Lord. p


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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