1People plan what they want to do, but Yahweh is the one who decides MTY what really will happen.
2People may think that their actions are right, but Yahweh really knows why people do what they do.
3◄Request/Rely on► Yahweh to direct what you plan to do; if you do that, you will succeed in what you plan.
4Yahweh knows why he does everything that he does; he has even prepared the wicked for the time that he will punish them.
5Yahweh hates/detests everyone who is proud IDM; you can be certain IDM that they will be punished LIT.
6Be loyal to Yahweh and faithfully obey him; if you do that, he will forgive you for having sinned. If we revere him, nothing evil will happen to us (OR, he will prevent evil things from happening to us).
7When our behavior pleases Yahweh, he even causes our enemies to act peacefully toward us.
8It is better to have a small amount of money that is earned honestly than to have a lot of money that is acquired dishonestly.
9People plan what they want to do, but Yahweh directs/determines what they will really be able to do.
10If God directs what a king says, what he decides is always right/fair.
11Yahweh wants us to use scales that are correct; the weights in his bag are correct, because he made them.
12Kings detest those who do evil, because it is people doing what is fair/right that causes their governments to be MTY strong.
13Kings are delighted to hear people say MTY what is true; they love those who say what is right/honest.
14If a king becomes angry, he may command that someone be executed, so wise people will try to cause him to be calm.
15If a king has a smile MTY on his face, he will enable people to have a long life (OR, he will not order people to be executed); his being pleased with people is as delightful as rain in the springtime when seeds are planted.
16Becoming wise is better than aquiring gold; getting good understanding/insight is better than acquiring silver.
17Those whose behavior MET is good/right turn away from doing evil; those who guard their conduct MTY protect their lives.
18Being proud will ◄lead to your having/cause you to have► disasters; despising others will result in your being ruined.
19It is better to be humble and poor than to associate with proud people and to become rich by dividing with them ◄plunder/goods captured in a battle►.
20Those who heed good teaching/instruction will prosper; happy are those who trust in Yahweh.
21People say that those who are wise learn what is right/good behavior, and those who talk pleasantly are able to influence others to do what is right.
22Being wise is like having a fountain that gives life MET, but foolish people are punished as a result of their acting foolishly.
23Those who are wise think carefully before they talk, and as a result they are able to influence/persuade others to do what is right.
24Kind words are like honey SIM: We enjoy them both, and both cause our bodies to be healthy/strong.
25There are some kinds of behavior MET that people think are right, but ◄walking on those roads MET/continually doing those things► causes those people to die.
26If a worker ◄has an appetite/is hungry►, that urges him to work hard because he SYN wants to earn money to buy things to eat.
27Worthless people plan ways to cause trouble for others, and even what they say injures people like a hot fire does SIM.
28Deceitful people cause strife/quarreling among other people; those who say alse things about other people cause people who are friends to become enemies.
29Those who act violently entice/encourage others to also act violently and lead them along a road that will end in disaster.
30People sometimes show with one of their eyes to signal to their friends that they are planning to do something to harm others; they smirk when they are about to do something evil.
31Gray hair is like a glorious crown MET that is given to people who have always behaved righteously.
32Those who do not become angry quickly are better than those who are powerful; it is better to ◄control your temper/keep yourself from becoming very angry► than to conquer a city.
33People ◄cast lots/throw marked stones► to decide what should be done, but God is the one who truly decides what will happen.