It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
The human spirit is[a] the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being.
- Proverbs 20:27 Or A person’s words are
In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.
A person may think their own ways are right,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.