he guides it wherever he pleases.
but the Lord examines their heart.
than when we offer him sacrifices.
and evil actions are all sin.
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.*
because they refuse to do what is just.
the innocent travel a straight road.
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
their neighbors get no mercy from them.
if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
12 The Righteous One* knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
he will bring disaster on them.
will be ignored in their own time of need.
a bribe under the table pacifies fury.
but it terrifies evildoers.
will end up in the company of the dead.
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
and traitors in place of the honest.
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.
but fools spend whatever they get.
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
and level the fortress in which they trust.
and you will stay out of trouble.
they act with boundless arrogance.
for their hands refuse to work.
but the godly love to give!
especially when it is offered with wrong motives.
but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.
but the virtuous think before they act.
can stand against the Lord.
but the victory belongs to the Lord.
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