2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;o
those who anger him forfeit their lives.p
4 Sluggardss do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.t
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,u
but one who has insight draws them out.
but a faithful person who can find?v
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;w
blessed are their children after them.x
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,y
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.z
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;a
I am clean and without sin”?b
the Lord detests them both.c
so is their conduct really pured and upright?
the Lord has made them both.e
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;f
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,i
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.j
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.k
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;l
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 If someone curses their father or mother,m
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.n
will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”o
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.p
and dishonest scales do not please him.q
How then can anyone understand their own way?t
and only later to consider one’s vows.u
he drives the threshing wheel over them.v
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.x
gray hair the splendor of the old.a
30 Blows and wounds scrubb away evil,
and beatingsc purge the inmost being.
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