Proverbs 21
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1The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants. 1פַּלְגֵי־ מַ֣יִם לֶב־ מֶ֭לֶךְ בְּיַד־ יְהוָ֑ה עַֽל־ כָּל־ אֲשֶׁ֖ר יַחְפֹּ֣ץ יַטֶּֽנּוּ׃
2All of a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives. 2כָּֽל־ דֶּרֶךְ־ אִ֭ישׁ יָשָׁ֣ר בְּעֵינָ֑יו וְתֹכֵ֖ן לִבּ֣וֹת יְהוָֽה׃
3To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 3עֲ֭שֹׂה צְדָקָ֣ה וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט נִבְחָ֖ר לַיהוָ֣ה מִזָּֽבַח׃
4Haughty eyes and a proud heart--the agricultural product of the wicked is sin. 4רוּם־ עֵ֭ינַיִם וּרְחַב־ לֵ֑ב נִ֖ר רְשָׁעִ֣ים חַטָּֽאת׃
5The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 5מַחְשְׁב֣וֹת חָ֭רוּץ אַךְ־ לְמוֹתָ֑ר וְכָל־ אָ֝֗ץ אַךְ־ לְמַחְסֽוֹר׃
6Making a fortune by a lying tongue is like a vapor driven back and forth; they seek death. 6פֹּ֣עַל א֭וֹצָרוֹת בִּלְשׁ֣וֹן שָׁ֑קֶר הֶ֥בֶל נִ֝דָּ֗ף מְבַקְשֵׁי־ מָֽוֶת׃
7The violence done by the wicked will drag them away because they refuse to do what is right. 7שֹׁד־ רְשָׁעִ֥ים יְגוֹרֵ֑ם כִּ֥י מֵ֝אֲנ֗וּ לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת מִשְׁפָּֽט׃
8The way of the guilty person is devious, but as for the pure, his way is upright. 8הֲפַכְפַּ֬ךְ דֶּ֣רֶךְ אִ֣ישׁ וָזָ֑ר וְ֝זַ֗ךְ יָשָׁ֥ר פָּעֳלֽוֹ׃
9It is better to live on a corner of the housetop than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife. 9ט֗וֹב לָשֶׁ֥בֶת עַל־ פִּנַּת־ גָּ֑ג מֵאֵ֥שֶׁת מִ֝דְיָנִ֗ים וּבֵ֥ית חָֽבֶר׃
10The appetite of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor is shown no favor in his eyes. 10נֶ֣פֶשׁ רָ֭שָׁע אִוְּתָה־ רָ֑ע לֹא־ יֻחַ֖ן בְּעֵינָ֣יו רֵעֵֽהוּ׃
11When a scorner is punished, the naive becomes wise; when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge. 11בַּעְנָשׁ־ לֵ֭ץ‪‬ יֶחְכַּם־ פֶּ֑תִי וּבְהַשְׂכִּ֥יל לְ֝חָכָ֗ם יִקַּח־ דָּֽעַת׃
12The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 12מַשְׂכִּ֣יל צַ֭דִּיק לְבֵ֣ית רָשָׁ֑ע מְסַלֵּ֖ף רְשָׁעִ֣ים לָרָֽע׃
13The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and will not be answered. 13אֹטֵ֣ם אָ֭זְנוֹ מִזַּעֲקַת־ דָּ֑ל גַּֽם־ ה֥וּא יִ֝קְרָ֗א וְלֹ֣א יֵעָנֶֽה׃
14A gift given in secret subdues anger, and a bribe given secretly subdues strong wrath. 14מַתָּ֣ן בַּ֭סֵּתֶר יִכְפֶּה־ אָ֑ף וְשֹׁ֥חַד בַּ֝חֵ֗ק חֵמָ֥ה עַזָּֽה׃
15Doing justice brings joy to the righteous and terror to those who do evil. 15שִׂמְחָ֣ה לַ֭צַּדִּיק עֲשׂ֣וֹת מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וּ֝מְחִתָּ֗ה לְפֹ֣עֲלֵי אָֽוֶן׃
16The one who wanders from the way of wisdom will end up in the company of the departed. 16אָדָ֗ם תּ֭וֹעֶה מִדֶּ֣רֶךְ הַשְׂכֵּ֑ל בִּקְהַ֖ל רְפָאִ֣ים יָנֽוּחַ׃
17The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person; whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich. 17אִ֣ישׁ מַ֭חְסוֹר אֹהֵ֣ב שִׂמְחָ֑ה אֹהֵ֥ב יַֽיִן־ וָ֝שֶׁ֗מֶן לֹ֣א יַעֲשִֽׁיר׃
18The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless are taken in the place of the upright. 18כֹּ֣פֶר לַצַּדִּ֣יק רָשָׁ֑ע וְתַ֖חַת יְשָׁרִ֣ים בּוֹגֵֽד׃
19It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked woman. 19ט֗וֹב שֶׁ֥בֶת בְּאֶֽרֶץ־ מִדְבָּ֑ר מֵאֵ֖שֶׁת [מדונים] (מִדְיָנִ֣ים) וָכָֽעַס׃
20There is desirable treasure and olive oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish person devours all he has. 20אוֹצָ֤ר ׀ נֶחְמָ֣ד וָ֭שֶׁמֶן בִּנְוֵ֣ה חָכָ֑ם וּכְסִ֖יל אָדָ֣ם יְבַלְּעֶֽנּוּ׃
21The one who pursues righteousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor. 21רֹ֭דֵף צְדָקָ֣ה וָחָ֑סֶד יִמְצָ֥א חַ֝יִּ֗ים צְדָקָ֥ה וְכָבֽוֹד׃
22The wise person can scale the city of the mighty and bring down the stronghold in which they trust. 22עִ֣יר גִּ֭בֹּרִים עָלָ֣ה חָכָ֑ם וַ֝יֹּ֗רֶד עֹ֣ז מִבְטֶחָֽה׃
23The one who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his life from troubles. 23שֹׁמֵ֣ר פִּ֭יו וּלְשׁוֹנ֑וֹ שֹׁמֵ֖ר מִצָּר֣וֹת נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃
24A proud and arrogant person, whose name is "Scoffer," acts with overbearing pride. 24זֵ֣ד יָ֭הִיר לֵ֣ץ שְׁמ֑וֹ ע֝וֹשֶׂ֗ה בְּעֶבְרַ֥ת זָדֽוֹן׃
25What the sluggard desires will kill him, for his hands refuse to work. 25תַּאֲוַ֣ת עָצֵ֣ל תְּמִיתֶ֑נּוּ כִּֽי־ מֵאֲנ֖וּ יָדָ֣יו לַעֲשֽׂוֹת׃
26All day long he craves greedily, but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 26כָּל־ הַ֭יּוֹם הִתְאַוָּ֣ה תַאֲוָ֑ה וְצַדִּ֥יק יִ֝תֵּ֗ן וְלֹ֣א יַחְשֹֽׂךְ׃
27The wicked person's sacrifice is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent! 27זֶ֣בַח רְ֭שָׁעִים תּוֹעֵבָ֑ה אַ֝֗ף כִּֽי־ בְזִמָּ֥ה יְבִיאֶֽנּוּ׃
28A lying witness will perish, but the one who reports accurately speaks forever. 28עֵד־ כְּזָבִ֥ים יֹאבֵ֑ד וְאִ֥ישׁ שׁ֝וֹמֵ֗עַ לָנֶ֥צַח יְדַבֵּֽר׃
29A wicked person shows boldness with his face, but as for the upright, he discerns his ways. 29הֵעֵ֬ז אִ֣ישׁ רָשָׁ֣ע בְּפָנָ֑יו וְ֝יָשָׁ֗ר ה֤וּא ׀ [יכין] (יָבִ֬ין) [דרכיו] (דַּרְכּֽוֹ׃)
30There is no wisdom and there is no understanding, and there is no counsel against the LORD. 30אֵ֣ין חָ֭כְמָה וְאֵ֣ין תְּבוּנָ֑ה וְאֵ֥ין עֵ֝צָ֗ה לְנֶ֣גֶד יְהוָֽה׃ פ
31A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory is from the LORD. 31ס֗וּס מ֭וּכָן לְי֣וֹם מִלְחָמָ֑ה וְ֝לַֽיהוָ֗ה הַתְּשׁוּעָֽה׃
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