Proverbs 21
1The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
he directs it wherever he wants.
2Everyone’s path is straight in their own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the heart.
3Acting with righteousness and justice
is more valued by the LORD than sacrifice.
4Prideful eyes, an arrogant heart, and
the lamp of the wicked are all sinful.
5The plans of the diligent end up in profit,
but those who hurry end up with loss.
6Those who gain treasure with lies
are like a drifting fog, leading to death.
7The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
for they refuse to act with justice.
8The ways of some people are twisted and strange,
but the behavior of those who do right is pure.
9Better to live on the edge of a roof
than with a contentious woman in a large house.
10Wicked people desire evil;
their neighbors receive no mercy from them.
11When a mocker is punished, the naive person gains wisdom;
when insight comes to the wise, knowledge increases.
12The righteous one observes the house of the wicked,
turning the wicked toward trouble.
13Those who close their ears to the cries of the poor
will themselves call out but receive no answer.
14A secret gift calms anger,
and a hidden bribe removes#Heb lacks removes. furious wrath.
15Acting justly is a joy to the righteous,
but dreaded by those who do evil.
16People who wander from the path of insight
will rest in the company of the dead.
17Those who love pleasure end up poor;
lovers of wine and oil won’t get rich.
18The wicked are a ransom for the righteous;
the treacherous will be punished#Heb lacks will be punished. in the place of the virtuous.
19Better to live in a wilderness
than in a house with a contentious and angry woman.
20Precious treasure and oil stay in the home of the wise,
but fools swallow them up.
21Those who pursue righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
22A wise person fought a city of warriors
and brought down the stronghold in which they felt safe.
23Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
guard themselves from trouble.
24Incredibly proud—mockers are their name!
Their conduct involves excessive pride.
25The desires of the lazy will kill them,
because their hands refuse to do anything.
26The lazy desire things constantly,
but the righteous give without holding back.
27The LORD detests the sacrifices of the wicked,
especially when brought with devious motives.
28A lying witness will perish,
but one who listens will testify successfully.
29The wicked person appears brash,
but the virtuous think about the path ahead.
30No wisdom, understanding,
or advice can stand up against the LORD.
31A horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory belongs to the LORD.
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