Proverbs 21

1The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the  Lord;
he aturns it wherever he will.
2 bEvery way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the  Lord cweighs the heart.
3 dTo do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the  Lord than sacrifice.
4 eHaughty eyes and a proud heart,
fthe lamp
Or  the plowing
of the wicked, are sin.
5The plans of hthe diligent lead surely to abundance,
but everyone who is ihasty comes jonly to poverty.
6 kThe getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a lfleeting mvapor and a nsnare of death.
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts  vapor for those who seek death

7The violence of the wicked will psweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
8The way of the guilty qis crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is upright.
9It is rbetter to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
10The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11When sa scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;
when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
12The Righteous One tobserves the house of the wicked;
he throws the wicked down to ruin.
13 uWhoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.
14 vA gift in secret averts anger,
and a concealed bribe
Hebrew  a bribe in the bosom
strong wrath.
15When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
xbut terror to evildoers.
16One who wanders from the way of good sense
ywill rest in the assembly of the dead.
17Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;
he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 zThe wicked is a aaransom for the righteous,
and the traitor for the upright.
19It is abbetter to live in a desert land
than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
20 acPrecious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,
but a foolish man addevours it.
21Whoever aepursues righteousness and kindness
will find aflife, righteousness, and honor.
22 agA wise man scales the city of the mighty
and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 ahWhoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
aikeeps himself out of ajtrouble.
24 akScoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
who acts with arrogant pride.
25The desire of althe sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
26All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous amgives and does not hold back.
27 anThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
how much more aowhen he brings it with evil intent.
28 apA false witness will perish,
but the word of a man who hears will endure.
29A wicked man puts on a bold face,
but the upright aqgives thought to
Or establishes
his ways.
30 asNo wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
can avail against the  Lord.
31 atThe horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but authe victory belongs to the  Lord.
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