1 It is the part of man to prepare the soul: and of the Lord to govern the tongue.
Hominis est animam praeparare, et Domini gubernare linguam.
2 All the ways of a man are open to his eyes: the Lord is the weigher of spirits.
Omnes viae hominis patent oculis ejus; spirituum ponderator est Dominus.
3 Lay open thy works to the Lord: and thy thoughts shall be directed.
Revela Domino opera tua, et dirigentur cogitationes tuae.
4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: the wicked also for the evil day.
Universa propter semetipsum operatus est Dominus; impium quoque ad diem malum.
5 Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord: though hand should be joined to hand, he is not innocent. The beginning of a good way is to do justice; and this is more acceptable with God, than to offer sacrifices.
Abominatio Domini est omnis arrogans; etiamsi manus ad manum fuerit, non est innocens. Initium viae bonae facere justitiam; accepta est autem apud Deum magis quam immolare hostias.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
Misericordia et veritate redimitur iniquitas, et in timore Domini declinatur a malo.
7 When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.
Cum placuerint Domino viae hominis, inimicos quoque ejus convertet ad pacem.
8 Better is a little with justice, than great revenues with iniquity.
Melius est parum cum justitia, quam multi fructus cum iniquitate.
9 The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.
Cor hominis disponit viam suam, sed Domini est dirigere gressus ejus.
10 Divination is in the lips of the king, his mouth shall not err in judgment.
Divinatio in labiis regis; in judicio non errabit os ejus.
11 Weight and balance are judgments of the Lord: and his work all the weights of the bag.
Pondus et statera judicia Domini sunt, et opera ejus omnes lapides sacculi.
12 They that act wickedly are abominable to the king: for the throne is established by justice.
Abominabiles regi qui agunt impie, quoniam justitia firmatur solium.
13 Just lips are the delight of kings: he that speaketh right things shall be loved.
Voluntas regum labia justa; qui recta loquitur diligetur.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: and the wise man will pacify it.
Indignatio regis nuntii mortis, et vir sapiens placabit eam.
15 In the cheerfulness of the king's countenance is life: and his clemency is like the latter rain.
In hilaritate vultus regis vita, et clementia ejus quasi imber serotinus.
16 Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.
Posside sapientiam, quia auro melior est, et acquire prudentiam, quia pretiosior est argento.
17 The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.
Semita justorum declinat mala; custos animae suae servat viam suam.
18 Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.
Contritionem praecedit superbia, et ante ruinam exaltatur spiritus.
19 It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.
Melius est humiliari cum mitibus, quam dividere spolia cum superbis.
20 The learned in word shall find good things: and he that trusteth in the Lord is blessed.
Eruditus in verbo reperiet bona, et qui sperat in Domino beatus est.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words shall attain to greater things.
Qui sapiens est corde appellabitur prudens, et qui dulcis eloquio majora percipiet.
22 Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.
Fons vitae eruditio possidentis; doctrina stultorum fatuitas.
23 The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.
Cor sapientis erudiet os ejus, et labiis ejus addet gratiam.
24 Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Favus mellis composita verba; dulcedo animae sanitas ossium.
25 There is a way that seemeth to a man right: and the ends thereof lead to death.
Est via quae videtur homini recta, et novissima ejus ducunt ad mortem.
26 The soul of him that laboureth, laboureth for himself, because his mouth hath obliged him to it.
Anima laborantis laborat sibi, quia compulit eum os suum.
27 The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.
Vir impius fodit malum, et in labiis ejus ignis ardescit.
28 A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.
Homo perversus suscitat lites, et verbosus separat principes.
29 An unjust man allureth his friend: and leadeth him into a way that is not good.
Vir iniquus lactat amicum suum, et ducit eum per viam non bonam.
30 He that with fixed eyes deviseth wicked things, biting his lips, bringeth: evil to pass.
Qui attonitis oculis cogitat prava, mordens labia sua perficit malum.
31 Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.
Corona dignitatis senectus, quae in viis justitiae reperietur.
32 The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.
Melior est patiens viro forti; et qui dominatur animo suo, expugnatore urbium.
33 Lots are cast into the lap, but they are disposed of by the Lord.
Sortes mittuntur in sinum, sed a Domino temperantur.