I chose this verse because I didn’t really understand it at first. After some study, it’s still not cut in stone. The first part seems clear enough. One who hardens their face always sees themselves in the right, and has toughened his skin to not care when he does wrong. In his own conscience, he is right, and that’s the way he’s going and the way it’s going to be.
The second half is more obscure. It is a contrast, it appears. The righteous aren’t hardened in their decisions, he is directed or it is made or established based on a moral ethic. There is a debate as to whether the word, “establish” is one Hebrew word or another that means “understands.” Either way, the point may be this:
Don’t be pig-headed in your decision making.