Intensions and the Heart
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;
how much more the hearts of the children of man!
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the Lord tests hearts.
Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all his innermost parts.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes,
signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Whoever winks his eyes plans dishonest things;
he who purses his lips brings evil to pass.
“Bad, Bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;
do not desire his delicacies,
for he is like one
who is inwardly calculating.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
and waste your pleasant words.
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are seven abominations in his heart;
though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
Kindhearted and Merciful
A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
Don't Outstay Your Welcome
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
Haughtiness and Humbleness
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
Better to be lowly and have a servant
than to play the great man and lack bread.
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
The Lord tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
much less for a slave to rule over princes.
Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
who acts with arrogant pride.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.
It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and a man is tested by his praise.
One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Ones Own Desires
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers,
and be not envious of the wicked,
for the evil man has no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
A greedy man stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
Holy Bible, English Standard Version,
as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith