Proverbs 21

The King's Heart

The king’s heart is a waterway in the hand of the LORD; He directs it where He pleases. All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the guides of the wicked— [are] sin. The plans of the diligent bring plenty, as surely as haste [leads] to poverty. Making a fortune by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a deadly pursuit. The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because they refuse to do what is just. The way of a guilty man is crooked, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 10  The soul of the wicked craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. 11  When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; and when a wise man is instructed, he acquires knowledge. 12  The Righteous One
Or The righteous one
considers the house of the wicked; He brings the wicked to ruin.
13  Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too shall cry out and receive no answer. 14  A gift in secret soothes anger, and a covert bribe
Hebrew a bribe from the bosom
[pacifies] great wrath.
15  Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to the workers of iniquity. 16  The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17  He who loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will never become rich. 18  The wicked [shall become] a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright. 19  Better to live in the desert than with a contentious and ill-tempered wife. 20  Precious treasures and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them. 21  He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor. 22  A wise [man] scales the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. 23  He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress. 24  Proud, Arrogant, and Mocker are the names of him who acts with excessive pride. 25  The craving of the sluggard will kill him because his hands refuse to work. 26  All day long he covets more, but the righteous give without restraint. 27  The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with ill intent! 28  A lying witness will perish, but the man who listens [to truth] will speak forever. 29  A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright [man] makes his way {sure} . 30  No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel can prevail against the LORD. 31  A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory [is] of the LORD.
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