Proverbs 2:7; Proverbs 6:6–8; Proverbs 8:12–16; Proverbs 11:5; Proverbs 11:23; Proverbs 12:24; Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 13:13; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 16:12; Proverbs 16:20; Proverbs 17:2; Proverbs 17:20; Proverbs 19:8; Proverbs 19:21; Proverbs 20:18; Proverbs 20:24; Proverbs 21:5; Proverbs 21:22; Proverbs 21:28; Proverbs 21:30–31; Proverbs 22:29; Proverbs 24:5–6; Proverbs 24:27; Proverbs 25:4–5; Proverbs 25:15; Proverbs 29:4; Proverbs 29:14

he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

he is ba shield to those who cwalk in integrity,

jGo to kthe ant, O lsluggard;

consider her ways, and mbe wise.

nWithout having any chief,

oofficer, or ruler,

she prepares her bread pin summer

and qgathers her food in harvest.

12  I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,

and I find knowledge and cdiscretion.

13  dThe fear of the Lord is ehatred of evil.

fPride and arrogance and the way of evil

and gperverted speech I hate.

14  I have hcounsel and isound wisdom;

I have insight; jI have strength.

15  By me kkings reign,

and rulers decree what is just;

16  by me princes rule,

and nobles, all who govern justly.1

The righteousness of the blameless ikeeps his way straight,

but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

23  The desire of the righteous ends only in good,

ithe expectation of the wicked in wrath.

24  lThe hand of the diligent will rule,

while the slothful will be mput to forced labor.

From the fruit of his mouth a man reats what is good,

but the desire of the treacherous sis for violence.

13  Whoever jdespises kthe word1 brings destruction on himself,

but he who reveres the commandment2 will be lrewarded.

22  nWithout counsel plans fail,

but with many advisers they succeed.

oCommit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

yThe heart of man plans his way,

but zthe Lord establishes his steps.

12  It is an abomination to kings to do evil,

for cthe throne is established by righteousness.

20  Whoever gives thought to the word1 pwill discover good,

and blessed is he qwho trusts in the Lord.

A servant who deals wisely will rule over na son who acts shamefully

and owill share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

20  mA man of crooked heart does not discover good,

and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

lWhoever gets sense loves his own soul;

he who keeps understanding will mdiscover good.

21  iMany are the plans in the mind of a man,

but jit is the purpose of the Lord kthat will stand.

18  bPlans are established by counsel;

by cwise guidance dwage war.

24  A man’s nsteps are from the Lord;

how then can man understand his way?

The plans of ethe diligent lead surely to abundance,

but everyone who is fhasty comes gonly to poverty.

22  bA wise man scales the city of the mighty

and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

28  kA false witness will perish,

but the word of a man who hears will endure.

30  mNo wisdom, no understanding, no counsel

can avail against the Lord.

31  nThe horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but othe victory belongs to the Lord.

29  Do you see a man skillful in his work?

He will bstand before kings;

he will not stand before obscure men.

aA wise man is full of strength,

and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

for by bwise guidance you can wage your war,

and in cabundance of counselors there is victory.

27  ePrepare your work outside;

get everything ready for yourself in the field,

and after that build your house.

Take away qthe dross from the silver,

and rthe smith has material for a vessel;

take away sthe wicked from the presence of the king,

and his tthrone will be established in righteousness.

15  With epatience a ruler may be persuaded,

and a soft tongue will break a bone.

By justice a king hbuilds up the land,

but he who exacts gifts1 tears it down.

14  If a king tfaithfully judges the poor,

his throne will ube established forever.