Proverbs 21
1The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
as the rivers of water:
he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3To do justice and judgment
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4A high look, and a proud heart,
and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
but of every one that is hasty only to want.
6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them;
because they refuse to do judgment.
8The way of man is froward and strange:#21.8 The way of man is froward and strange: or The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked.
but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop,
than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10The soul of the wicked desireth evil:
his neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes.
11When the scorner is punished,
the simple is made wise:
and when the wise is instructed,
he receiveth knowledge.
12The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:
but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor,
he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14A gift in secret pacifieth anger:
and a reward in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment:
but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding
shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:
he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
18The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness,
than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21He that followeth after righteousness and mercy
findeth life, righteousness, and honor.
22A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty,
and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue,
keepeth his soul from troubles.
24Proud and haughty scorner is his name,#21.24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, or The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name.
who dealeth in proud wrath.
25The desire of the slothful killeth him;
for his hands refuse to labor.
26He coveteth greedily all the day long:
but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination:
how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28A false witness shall perish:
but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29A wicked man hardeneth his face:
but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding
nor counsel against the Lord.
31The horse is prepared against the day of battle:
but safety is of the Lord.

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