Proverbs 21

21:1 The king’s heart1 is in the hand2 of the Lord like channels of water;3

he turns it wherever he wants.

21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion,4

but the Lord evaluates5 the motives.6

21:3 To do righteousness and justice

is more acceptable7 to the Lord than sacrifice.8

21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –

the agricultural product9 of the wicked is sin.

21:5 The plans of the diligent10 lead11 only to plenty,12

but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.13

21:6 Making a fortune14 by a lying tongue is like15 a vapor driven back and forth;16

they seek death.17

21:7 The violence18 done by the wicked19 will drag them away

because20 they refuse to do what is right.21

21:8 The way of the guilty person22 is devious,23

but as for the pure,24 his way is upright.

21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop25

than in a house in company26 with a quarrelsome wife.27

21:10 The appetite28 of the wicked desires29 evil;

his neighbor is shown no favor30 in his eyes.

21:11 When a scorner is punished, the naive31 becomes wise;

when a wise person is instructed,32 he gains knowledge.

21:12 The Righteous One33 considers34 the house35 of the wicked;

he overthrows the wicked to their ruin.36

21:13 The one who shuts his ears37 to the cry38 of the poor,

he too will cry out and will not be answered.39

21:14 A gift given40 in secret subdues41 anger,

and a bribe given secretly42 subdues43 strong wrath.44

21:15 Doing45 justice brings46 joy to the righteous

and terror47 to those who do evil.

21:16 The one who wanders48 from the way of wisdom49

will end up50 in the company of the departed.51

21:17 The one who loves52 pleasure53 will be54 a poor person;55

whoever loves wine and anointing oil56 will not be rich.

21:18 The wicked become57 a ransom58 for the righteous,

and the faithless59 are taken60 in the place of the upright.

21:19 It is better to live61 in a desert land62

than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked63 woman.

21:20 There is desirable treasure and olive oil64 in the dwelling of the wise,

but a foolish person65 devours all he has.66

21:21 The one who pursues righteousness and love67

finds life, bounty,68 and honor.

21:22 The wise person69 can scale70 the city of the mighty

and bring down the stronghold71 in which they trust.72

21:23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue73

keeps his life74 from troubles.75

21:24 A proud76 and arrogant77 person, whose name is “Scoffer,”78

acts79 with overbearing pride.80

21:25 What the sluggard desires81 will kill him,82

for his hands83 refuse to work.

21:26 All day long he craves greedily,84

but the righteous gives and does not hold back.85

21:27 The wicked person’s sacrifice86 is an abomination;

how much more87 when he brings it with evil intent!88

21:28 A lying witness89 will perish,90

but the one who reports accurately speaks forever.91

21:29 A wicked person92 shows boldness with his face,93

but as for the upright,94 he discerns95 his ways.

21:30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,

and there is no counsel against96 the Lord.97

21:31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but the victory is from the Lord.98

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