21 A king’s heart is in Jehovah’s hands a set of irrigation-streams
which he turns upon what he chooses.
3 Doing the right and lawful thing
is for Jehovah preferable to a sacrifice.
5 An industrious man’s plans work out all to abundance;
but anybody who is in a hurry, all to shortage.
is chasing after a wisp of vapor into snares of death.
7 Wrong-doers’ violence drags them along
because they have not been willing to do the lawful thing.
10 A wrong-doer’s appetite craves evil;
he has no kindness for his fellowman.
11 By punishment of a cynic a simpleton gets wisdom,
but when a wise man is given good advice he sees the point.
a wrecker of wrong-doers is bound to come to grief.
13 He who stops his ears against a poor man’s cry,
he too shall call out and not be answered.
15 The doing of justice is gladness to an honest man,
but dismay to villains.
16 A man who wanders off the road of reason
will come to his rest in the throng of ghosts.
17 One who loves merrymaking is a man of privations;
one does not get rich who loves wine and oil.
and a faithless man is a substitute for upright men.
19 Better life in a wilderness
than a quarrelsome and irritating wife.
22 A wise man scales a city of champions
and brings down the strength it put its confidence in.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue
is guarding his life from distress.
24 A haughty, presumptuous man, whose name is cynic,
acts with the recklessness of presumption.
25 An idler’s craving is the death of him
because his hands refuse to do anything.
26 All day craving goes on craving,
but a right-doer gives and does not hold back.
27 Wrong-doers’ sacrifice is an abomination,
all the more when one brings it designedly.
29 A man doing wrong shows a stiff face;
but an upright man, he sets his courses in order.
30 There is no wisdom or insight
or policy to confront Jehovah.
31 One gets ponies ready for a day of battle,
but victory is Jehovah’s affair.