We the People

Posted By on Nov 14, 2016


(Proverbs 21:1 Read).


The importance of your vote on Nov. 8 cannot be overstated. This may be at least one of the most important National elections ever.


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


The U.S. Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love—This was the same place the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Our independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epoch in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn’t signed and ratified until August 2, 1776.

The Constitution was written during the Philadelphia

Convention, now known as the Constitutional Convention—which convened from May 25 to September 17, 1787. It was signed on September 17, 1787.

The Constitution by opening up with “We the People” immediately affirms that the Constitution is of the people, for the people, and by the people of the United States.

This interpretation, which arises most strongly from the presence of “We the People” in the Preamble, effectively leads to an understanding of the Constitution as affecting the people directly and not through regulations imposed on the States. In    other words, those words define that the interaction between the Constitution and the citizens of the United States is direct and immediate, meaning that the Constitution, and the government it creates supersedes any and all State governments.

There were 55 delegates in attendance, representing all 13 states except Rhode Island, which refused to send representatives because it did not want a powerful central government interfering in its economic business. George Washington, who’d become a national hero after leading the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution, was selected as president of the convention by unanimous vote.

The delegates (who also became known as the “framers” of the Constitution) were a well-educated group that included merchants, farmers, bankers and lawyers. Many had served in the Continental Army, colonial legislatures or the Continental Congress (known as the Congress of the Confederation as of 1781). In terms of religious affiliation, most were Protestants. Eight delegates were signers of the Declaration of Independence, while six had signed the Articles of Confederation.

At age 81, Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was the oldest delegate, while the majority of the delegates were in their 30s and 40s. Political leaders not in attendance at the convention included Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and John Adams (1735-1826), who were serving as U.S. ambassadors in Europe. John Jay(1745-1829), Samuel Adams (1722-1803) and John Hancock (1737-93) were also absent from the convention. Virginia’s Patrick Henry (1736-99) was chosen to be a delegate but refused to attend the convention because he didn’t want to give the central government more power, fearing it would endanger the rights of states and individuals.

The words “We the People” in the Preamble are often considered the strongest links between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, in that the Declaration of Independence was written from the perspective of the people, not of specific individuals or of government. In beginning the Preamble of the Constitution with “We the People,” the Constitution is immediately emphasizing the significance of the people and is also ensuring an understanding that the people are the ones giving power to the Government. This is also a critical            element to the American Constitution, in that the power of the Government mandated by the Constitution comes not (directly) from God, but from “We the People.” We can say that while both have profound meaning, the bible was inspired by God while written by men, while the Constitution was inspired by men and written by men, therefore inferior to the Bible.

First, the US Constitution while not inspired by God, that is it did not come from God’s mouth as did our Bible, but who would or who could deny that the men who wrote the Constitution must have been guided by God’s hand. We must remember however, that the men who crafted this great paper were, in the last analysis, men, fallible me, men who were Christians and men who were not. Also, many of these men were looking out for their own self-interests. In any even the US Constitution must rank along side of the Magna Carta in importance and tho’ not near the importance of the Bible, the plenary inspired Word of God, still one can readily see God’s hand in it.

A Six Point outline of the Constitution of the United States:

  1. A more Perfect Union—a more perfect union was simply a better and stronger union than had preexisted the Constitution. The “pre-existing” Constitution refers to the Laws of England.

Our forefathers sought for relief and so was born a Declaration of Independence from English Monarchy; Natural Rights that are Rights inherent in human beings, not dependent on governments, which include life, liberty, and property; Consent of the Governed which is the idea that government should derive its power and authority by sanction of the people; and they wanted to limit Government that placed certain restrictions on government to protect the natural rights of citizens.

  1. Establish Justice—the key word is “establish,” clearly implying that justice, unlike union, was previously nonexistent. On the face of it, that implication seems hyperbolic (exaggerated), because the American colonies/states and local governments already had functioning court systems with independent judges, and trial by jury was the norm. But Governor Morris was an American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States, and a native of New York City who represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation.  He chose the word establish carefully and meant what he wrote; he and many other Framers thought that the states had run amok and had trampled individual liberties in a variety of ways. The solution was twofold: the establishment of an independent Supreme Court and the provision for a federal judiciary superior to those of the states; and outright prohibition of egregious state practices.
  2. Insure Domestic Tranquility— was in a general sense prompted by the long-standing habit of Americans to take up arms against unpopular government measures and was more immediately a response to Shays’s Rebellion in Massachusetts (1786–1787).

When the United States first became independent, its constitution was called the Articles of Confederation.  This Confederation’  set up a government in which the states had essentially all of the power and the federal government had very little (the Declaration of Independence).  During that time, the economy of the US was not very strong.  The weakness of the US economy led to a situation in which many farmers ended up in debt.  As their debts got bigger, their creditors (usually rich bankers from the cities) tried to get back the money they had lent by foreclosing on the farmers.  In Massachusetts, this process caused – farmers, led  by Daniel Shays, to rebel.

Shay’s Rebellion, helped to persuade rich Americans that a  new constitution was needed.  They were afraid that the state governments were being dominated by poorer people who would institute bad policies such as the debt forgiveness that Shays and his people wanted.  They wanted a stronger national government and one that would be more insulated from the desires of the masses. This is why Shays’s Rebellion ended up being very important.  It scared American wealthiest enough that they pushed for a new Constitution. That is how we ended up with the Constitution that we now have.

We  should bear in mind that two rebellions broke out  during the first decade under the new Constitution, the Whiskey Rebellion (1794) Nearly twenty years after the  Revolutionary War began, the United States government faced a small-scale revolution by some of its own citizens. As in the previous war, taxes were a central issue. And Alexander Hamilton understood that putting down this rebellion was critical to the life of the nation.
In order to create a self-supporting and effective government, Treasury Secretary Hamilton knew he needed              to find a steady source of revenue. He proposed an excise tax on whiskey produced in the United States, and Congress instituted the levy in 1791. In general, the       citizens of that time felt negatively toward the idea of taxation. The farmers of western Pennsylvania, many of whom distilled whiskey and profited from    its sale, (‘moon shiners) proved outright hostile to the idea.
In July of 1794, a force of disaffected whiskey rebels attacked and destroyed the home of a tax inspector. The rebellion grew in numbers, if not in actions, and threatened to spread to other states. Hamilton knew that              the presence of a large and government were to survive, it would have to show itself capable of keeping control.
Hamilton advocated the use of military force; President George Washington instead put state militias on the ready and sent in negotiators. When talks proved fruitless, Washington acquiesced to Hamilton’s view. A force of 13,000 militia troops, led by Hamilton and Virginia governor Henry Lee, marched into western Pennsylvania.

Fries’s Rebellion, (1799), was an uprising, in opposition to a direct federal property tax by farmers in Eastern Pennsylvania led by John Fries (c.1750 – 1818). In July of 1798, the Federalist-controlled U.S. Congress, which greatly    needed revenues for an anticipated war with France, had voted a direct federal tax on all real property, including land, buildings, and slaves. This tax, which caused widespread national resentment             against the John Adams  administration, infuriated the German farmers of Bucks, Northampton, and    Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania Eventually, several hundred farmers took up arms under the leadership of John Fries. At Bethlehem, Pa., Fries and his men forced, by intimidation rather than by actual violence, the release of a group of tax resisters who had been imprisoned under the custody of the federal marshal.

In response, President Adams called out a force of federal troops and militia, who marched into the rebellious counties and began making wholesale arrests of the insurgents. John Fries was captured and subsequently tried twice (double jeopardy), convicted of treason on each occasion, and sentenced to hang. He was pardoned by Adams in April 1800, when the president declared a general amnesty for all those who had been involved in the “rebellion.”

  1. Provide For the Common Defense is obvious—after all, it was the reason the United States came into being. But the matter cannot be dismissed lightly. For the better part of a century Americans had been possessed by a fear of “standing armies,” insisting that armed forces adequate to defend the nation would also be adequate to enslave it. Besides, ordinary Americans could believe that, since the War for Independence had been won over the best fighting force in Europe under the aegis of the Confederation, further provision was unnecessary as well as dangerous. Anti-Federalists clearly thought along those lines. By and large, those who agreed had seen little of the fighting during the war, whereas veterans of actual combat and people who had served in Congress or the administration during the darkest hours of the war knew differently. They expected that other wars would occur and were determined to be prepared to fight them. The Framers did, however, take fears of standing armies into account, hence their commitment to civilian control of things military.
  2. Promote the General Welfare had a generally understood meaning at the time of the Constitution. The salient point is that its implications are negative, not positive—a limitation on power, not a grant of power. By definition “general” means applicable to the whole rather than to particular parts or special interests. For example in the late 1790’s Alexander Hamilton, became convinced that a federally financed system of what would soon be called internal improvements—building roads, dredging rivers, digging canals—was in the national interest. But, since each project would be of immediate advantage only to the area where it was located, none could properly be regarded as being in the general welfare. Hamilton believed a constitutional amendment would be necessary if internal improvements were to be undertaken. James Madison, in his second term as President, would veto a congressional bill on precisely that ground.
  3. Secure the Blessings of Liberty To Ourselves and Our Posterity— In broad terms the securing of liberty is a function of the whole Constitution, for the Constitution makes possible the establishment of a government of laws, and liberty without law is meaningless. Special provisions, were designed to prevent specific dangers to liberty about which history had warned the Framers. Those (dangers and special provisions)) were drawn from the example of English history: the prohibitions against suspending the writ of habeas corpus (a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention .the legal right to apply for a habeas corpus). And against bills of attainder (declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them, often without a trial.) and ex post facto laws (A law that makes illegal an act that was legal when committed, increases the penalties for an infraction after it has been committed, or changes the rules of evidence to make conviction easier) , and against granting titles of nobility(that not only forbids the United States from granting titles of nobility, but restricts members of the government from receiving gifts from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress). In addition, Article III, Section 2, guaranteed trial by jury in criminal cases, and Section 3 defined treason extremely narrowly and prohibited corruption of the blood. These protections of liberty are of individual liberty, not of the states’ liberty as under the Articles of Confederation.


Our Bible is clear: The question is, will God turn the hearts of Hillary or Donald,  or will He use them to turn our hearts? And to what lengths will he go, if that is His will, to allow POLITICIANS  access to the soul of our country in order to turn our hearts toward God?

It is not news to any citizen who has been awake in the last 30 years that our “Ship of State”  is on a course and sailing into troubled waters. It has sailed on these kinds waters before and has survived and as long as we remain a nation that maintains Judeo-Christian values and uses our military and diplomatic strength to keep us strong will come out of this funk we find ourselves in today. While the principles of values are vital we will not survive on principles and values alone!

John 21:1-12 –If we stay with the analogy that our country is on a boat sailing in troubled waters lets determine what sort of a boat we are on.

I note that the first apostles were fishermen. My concept of a fishing boat is that everyone one it had a job to do – it was a working vessel. Now whether or not we are referring to a church or to a country everyone on this boat needs to do their job or no fish will be caught. So, first things first. A busy American does great things – Let’s tell our government to PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK:         Many years the leadership of our country led us to great heights. Not because our leaders were without spot or blemish but because they put us to work!  Nor could it be said that all were Christians. In 1933 thousands of men were out of work due to the Great Depression. President  FDR’s initiative inaugurated a brilliant initiative called, The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It operated under the control of the US Army. Camp commanders had disciplinary powers and corpsmen were required to address superiors as “sir”. This initiative not only put men to work but taught them respect and discipline—two things basically missing in today’s world.    By September 1935 over 500,000 young men had lived in CCC camps, most staying from six months to a year. The work focused on soil conservation and reforestation. Most important, the men planted millions of trees on land made barren from fires, natural erosion, or lumbering—in fact, the CCC was responsible for over half the reforestation, public and private, done in the nation’s history. Corpsmen also dug canals and ditches, built over thirty thousand wildlife shelters, stocked rivers and lakes with nearly a billion fish, restored historic battlefields, and cleared beaches and campgrounds. In less than 10 years, the Civilian Conservation Corps built more than 800 parks and planted nearly 3 billion trees nationwide. How much were they paid? Young men flocked to enroll. Many believed that the CCC was largely responsible for a 55 percent reduction in crimes committed by the young men of that day. Men were paid $30 a month, with mandatory $25 allotment checks sent to families of the men, which made life a little easier for people at home.

This initiative helped put America back on its feet. Then on December 7, 1941, you will remember that Roosevelt called it “A Day That Shall Live in Infamy.” The United States entered WW 2.

God allowed a great and terrible war to bring the world to its knees. Both American men and women went back to work again!     And in addition Americans began to call on the name of the Lord. During the war churches flourished and patriotism blossomed!  Through the great sacrifice of many we grew stronger. We recognized our weaknesses and prayed for God to strengthen us, and he did, and as a result America became the strongest and richest nation on the face of the earth.

Speaking of being the richest…we are now as a nation, 16-17 Trillion dollars in debt – to say we are the richest why so much debt—false economy! We pay 16 cents for every dollar we borrow…that’s 16 percent interest! Our country is the greatest country on the earth but we did not attain to such heights by chance. We attained to this point two ways and both are related: We got here by leadership and hard work. We are losing ground in both because our leadership is weak and getting weaker, and jobs are plentiful but the illegal immigrant will work for far less that the American citizen, because they are cheap labor.

From the forties through most of the fifties growth and patriotism was simply something we of that generation expected. God blew the dust off of Our Declaration of Independence and our Great Constitution was  mandatory curriculum to be taught in elementary schools, colleges, and Universities. In classrooms throughout the county students pledged allegiance to the flag and sang the National Anthem and God bless America. We were a growing nation independent of foreign resources, now we are no longer independent but dependent on foreign countries like Saudi Arabia and other Eastern countries to heat our homes and power our transportation system; China to make our clothing; France and Germany to bottle our perfumes; Japan to provide the steel to build buildings and bridges and highways.

There was a time when our nation’s Constitution was studied in every classroom. The Preamble was memorized and Amendments learned by rote. Spirituality is more prevalent in foreign countries than here.

America, in general  is on another kind of ship…not a working ship where everyone pitches in and work is considered  virtuous and honorable. Nowadays, work is considered something we do between week ends. Many take no pride in their work and consider themselves no better than hired hands on the job to make the executives rich.

Time was when men and women took pride in producing a good product at a fair price. Now many look at work simply as an 9-5 exercise in futility.

Time was when government regulations were at a minimum and companies thrived on initiative and creativity. Not long ago the Government issued a regulation on independent truck drivers that drove many out of business.

Many Americans in general have left the fishing boats and booked passage on cruise ships and are  giddily sailing along without a compass.

You know what a cruise ship is don’t you? It is not about work. It is all about us; about play demanding that someone wait on us, feed us, entertain us, coddle us, give us our every desire. Sounds good but it all comes at a high cost.

MORALITY ISSUES: The stink of sin permeates the air. Far too many people think far less of the lives and liberty of others and far more of their own skin.  Crime is at an all-time high. Racial unrest great news for the media. Welfare programs are intended to help the needy but people have learned to play the system and the system is bankrupt. Health care costs have risen exponentially. People are afraid that their money will run out before their time of life runs out.

IMMIGRATION ISSUES: Entrance into this country back then was not easy. Our civil laws were explained and were expected to be obeyed. Our Constitutional idea of liberty and freedom was taught. And citizenship was required and desired.  These things acted as  guardians at the gates of our nation, but those gates have long since rotted away and thousands are allowed entrance without adequate checks. Entrance into America is more about getting something while contributing nothing; it is more about gaining personal welfare than providing for the general welfare. Immigrants no longer go through an Ellis Island experience to be checked for disease and criminal records. They sneak across our border under cover of darkness. Because we have so many illegal immigrants and are allowing thousands to enter our country who come escaping the tyranny  of their own country, we have become a welfare state!

They work cheap and put American citizens out of work – poverty infiltrates our country and absorbs our resources – water, gas and oil, and fills doctor’s office by such numbers that Americans must wait weeks, even months to set an appointment with their doctors.

WELFARE ISSUES:   Welfare is not a bad word. Another word for welfare might be compassion or mercy. No right thinking American is opposed to helping the dispossessed, the down and out, the homeless and the helpless, the runaway kids, the addict, and anyone who is trying to build a better life for themselves. What we are against is the freeloader, the guy who is as healthy as the next guy but who has learned that the system can be worked to their advantage. It used to be that men would stand in long lines waiting to be called to work.

We are not in favor of the current “open door” illegal  immigration policy that previous and the current administration have literally turned to with a blind eye and jaundiced concern. An illegal immigrant is defined: as a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson. To allow thousands to enter into our country without any requirements or conditions, is not only harmful or safe to our society in general but is against our Constitutional laws.

POLITICAL ISSUES: I believe that our government has far too many politicians with their personal lobbyists who invest millions of dollars directly into the pockets of corrupt politicians.  Remember, “he who has the gold makes the rules.” This has allowed corruption to seep into our  government.

If we paid attention to the political advertisements every politician is corrupt. Far too many politicians are kinds of people that Charles Dickens describe in his classic novel, Oliver Twist,  as “Artful Dodgers.” An Artful Dodger by definition is a pickpocket, so called for his skill and cunning in that respect.         I heard on Bott Radio just this week that In 2015 1,000 politicians were indicted for  some sort of shameful even criminal activity.

The media makes much of corruption and criminal activity in churches among preachers and priests,  all of it deserving of exposure and punishment.

Would it be all that wrong to say that if our politicians are elected to office by the people is because that we the people are partially at fault simply for the fact that we put them in office? Officials are oft’ times put in office simply due to party affiliation and rarely due to a voters conscience! While we by our vote put them in power, we can by our vote kick them out of their gilded offices.

Also, many candidates attain to local and national political office simply because their constituents are willing to spend thousands if not millions of dollars to get their candidate elected…all expecting some kind of payback benefit to them in return.

Are there statesmen and patriots in our Democratic form of government, no doubt a few, but their voices  are often drowned out by career politicians who get rich, live lavish lifestyles, receive personal retirement monies far in excess of the private citizens who put them in office to represent their constituents.  The society of America has plenty of men and women of good character, educated, patriotic citizens that if given an opportunity would be good at governing locally and nationally, but they never get the opportunity. First, most have not the ability to raise the financial resource to run a campaign. Secondly, the way to political office is to run the gauntlet of libelous and slanderous comments used against them – who needs that?

We must find ways to bring these good people to the forefront of our local, state, and national government positions. I have some ideas on how we can achieve that, and I am willing to speak to those ideas at some future date.

Pundits, almost by a herd mentality, have declared the  upcoming election as “something never before witnessed in our country’s history.” And many have stated that the two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the least desirable choices ever brought before an already hyper- biased, divided, people-and that’s not good. God help us if just half of what they accuse each other of is true.

This coming election will be won, nevertheless by a majority  vote of the people, and that’s good. Whichever one is elected we will have literally put the reputation, welfare, and maybe even the continued existence of our country in their hands – a scary thought!

Yes, we must pray that they will do what they say they will do while running for office. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, suggests: We know from Scripture that God can turn the hearts of kings. That means that we should be praying for God’s will to be done and for our leaders to seek God and listen to Him. We should pray that they would be surrounded by godly counsel and, most important, that our leadership would personally know God and the salvation found through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

First: Romans 13:1-7 Paul does not approve all that rulers do, but he is speaking generally of the ideal before rulers. (RWP)

We remember that Nero, corrupt from the top of his head to the sole of his foot,  was ruler during this time! Nero hated Christians to the point that he set Rome on fire and blamed it on them hoping that the Roman citizenry would rise up and destroy the movement.

However, even Nero was “a minister of God” to the people of Rome and as the leader of Roman Rule and Government Nero was given the right and the obligation to punish evil doers. Under Nero’s rule, his government had laws (much of the Law of our own land came from the example of the early Romans). Laws that were for the good of the people and not for evil. Nero had the right and obligation to bear the sword against criminals and evil doers. He was a “revenger” of God to execute wrath of law breakers. Paul declared that because Nero was the head of Roman Government Christians must be subject to Roman law and not only for fear of punishment under the law but so that one’s conscience was clear of guilt. And tribute when required was to be paid. He sums it all up in verse 7 – Tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Christians, but not only Christians, are to obey the Law of the land or be subject to the punishment that would be rightly incurred. Nero did not go unpunished while leader of Rome however, in his madness God ordained the Nero punish himself…he ruled until he committed suicide by stabbing himself in the throat in June, A.D. 68.

We have a Constitution of laws and amendments by which our country has enjoyed for over three hundred years. Time does not allow for a thorough examination of it, however, this morning I want us to look at the Preamble which serves not only as an introduction but an outline of this precious document.

Whoever, by the grace and will of God attains the victory on Tuesday, November the 8th., must uphold the Constitution and protect it from those who willingly and often off-handedly violate its precepts and principles to their own profit at the expense of the Constitution.  THIS WE CANNOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW!  If you have not yet registered to vote I urge you to do so. Not to vote or to merely let fate determine the course of the election is to stomp the one paper that in writing at least preserves our freedom as citizens of this great land.

Our enemies have I believe, seen us in a very bad light—they see a country divided on many fronts—and they look upon this as weakness. They see the one’s running for the highest office in the world as clowns and self-absorbed people, not to be respected for their resolve to preserve our Constitution, – They view our present candidates as politicians and not patriots. Neither of the two have  given us,  the citizens who will put them in office,  one iota of information as to how they will lead our country through these difficult times and restore a respect for, if not a fear of, these United States…which brings to mind the saying:  United we stand; Divvied we fall.

The first attributed use of this statement in modern times is to one of the Founding Fathers, John Dickinson in his pre-Revolutionary War song “The Liberty Song”, first published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768  In that song Dickinson wrote:

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor America’s name.

In Freedom we’re born and in Freedom we’ll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we’ll give.

Our worthy forefathers, let’s give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro’ oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeathed us their freedom and fame.


Their generous bosoms all dangers despised,
So highly, so wisely, their Birthrights they prized;
We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,
Nor frustrate their toils on the land and the deep.


The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear’d;
They lived to behold growing strong and revered;
With transport they cried, “Now our wishes we gain,
For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”


Swarms of placemen (pronounced pliesmen) who is (One appointed to a political office, especially in government, as a reward for political support; an appointee, a yes man)  and pensioners (not referring to our Social Security but to those who live by the government at taxpayer expense while doing nothing at all)…soon will appear…
Like locusts deforming the charms of the year;
Suns vainly will rise, showers vainly descend,
If we are to drudge for what others shall defend.


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.


All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,
Of the courage we’ll show in support of our Laws;
To die we can bear, but to serve we disdain.
For shame is to Freedom more dreadful than pain.


Proverbs 21:1-8 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. 5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. 8 The way of man is froward (perverse) and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.