1Yahweh controls what kings do MTY like he controls how streams flow; he causes kings to do just what he wants them to do.
2People always think that what they do is right, but Yahweh judges our ◄motives/reasons for doing things► MTY.
3Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to Yahweh than bringing sacrifices to him.
4Being proud and arrogant DOU is like a lamp MTY that guides wicked people; being proud and arrogant characterizes ◄wicked people's whole behavior/everything that wicked people do►.
5People who plan carefully will surely have plenty of what they need; those who act too quickly to become rich will become poor.
6Money that people acquire by cheating others by lying MTY to them will soon disappear like a mist, and doing that will soon lead to their death.
7Wicked people refuse to do what is right/just, but they will be ruined because of the violent things PRS that they do.
8Guilty people continually do what is evil; it is as though MET they are walking on a crooked road; but righteous/innocent people always do what is right.
9It is better to live in the corner of an attic/housetop by yourself than to live inside the house with a wife who is always nagging.
10Wicked people SYN are always wanting to do what is evil; they never act mercifully toward anyone.
11When those who ridicule others are punished, even those who do not have good sense see that, and they become wise, and when those who are wise are taught, they become wiser.
12God, the one who is completely righteous, knows what happens inside the houses of wicked people, and he will cause those people to be completely ruined/destroyed.
13There are people who refuse to listen when poor people cry out for help; but some day they themselves will cry out for help, and no one will hear them.
14When someone is angry with you, if you secretly give him a gift, he will stop being angry.
15Good/Righteous people are happy when they see others do what is just/fair, but those who do what is evil are terrified when they think about what may happen to them.
16Those who stop behaving like those who have good sense behave will soon discover that they have gone to the place where dead people are.
17Those who spend their money to buy ◄things that give them pleasure/things that cause them to feel happy► will become poor; those who love to spend money to buy wine and nice/fancy food MTY will never become rich.
18Wicked people bring on themselves the sufferings that they were trying to cause righteous people to experience DOU.
19It is better to live alone in a desert than to live with a wife who is always nagging and complaining.
20Wise people have many valuable things in their houses, but foolish people quickly spend/waste all their money.
21Those who always try to act in a fair and kind way toward others will live a long time and be honored/respected.
22A wise army commander helps his troops climb over a wall to attack a city that is defended by a strong army, with the result that they are able to ◄get over/destroy► the high walls that their enemies trusted would protect them.
23Those who are very careful about what they say MTY are able to avoid trouble.
24Those who make fun of everything that is good are proud and conceited DOU; they always act in an inconsiderate way toward others.
25Lazy people, who refuse to work, will die of hunger because they SYN do not earn money to buy food.
26All during the day wicked people desire to obtain things, but righteous people have plenty, with the result that they are able to give things generously to others.
27Yahweh detests the sacrifices that wicked people offer to him; but he detests it even more when they think that they will escape being punished for their evil deeds because of the sacrifices that they bring.
28Those who tell lies in court will be punished; no one stops/silences witnesses who say what is truthful/reliable.
29Wicked people pretend that they know everything, but righteous people think carefully about what will happen because of what they do.
30Thinking that we are wise, and that we understand many things, and that we have good insight, does not help us if Yahweh is ◄acting against/not pleased with► us.
31We can get horses ready to fight in a battle, but Yahweh is the one who enables us to ◄win victories/defeat our enemies►.