Proverbs 21
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1The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases.1The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
2People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.3To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.4Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
5Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.5The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
6Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
7The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just.7The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.
8The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road.8The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.
9It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.9It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
10Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.10The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.11When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
12The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.12The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked down to ruin.
13Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.13Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
14A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury.14A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.
15Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.15When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.16One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.17Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright.
19It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.19It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
20The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.20Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
21Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.21Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
22The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust.22A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
23Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.23Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
24Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.24“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
25Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.25The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
26Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!26All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
27The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
28A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.28A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure.
29The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.29A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.
30No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD.30No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.
31The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.31The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.
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