Proverbs 21

On Life and Conduct

1The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the  Lord;
He a  turns it wherever He wishes.
2 b  Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the  Lord c  weighs the hearts.
3To do d  righteousness and justice
Is desired by the  Lord more than sacrifice.
4Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
The e  lamp of the wicked, is sin.
5The plans of the f  diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone g  who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
6The h  acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the
Lit seekers
pursuit of j  death.
7The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
Because they k  refuse to act with justice.
8The way of a guilty man is l  crooked,
But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
9It is better to live in a corner of a roof
Than
Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His n  neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11When the o  scoffer is punished, the
Lit simple
naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Turning the q  wicked to ruin.
13He who r  shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be s  answered.
14A t  gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But is u  terror to the workers of iniquity.
16A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will v  rest in the assembly of the
Lit departed spirits
dead.
17He who x  loves pleasure will become a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
18The wicked is a y  ransom for the righteous,
And the z  treacherous is in the place of the upright.
19 aa  It is better to live in a desert land
Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
20There is precious ab  treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man ac  swallows it up.
21He who ad  pursues righteousness and loyalty
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
22A ae  wise man scales the city of the mighty
And brings down the
Lit strength of trust
stronghold in which they trust.
23He who ag  guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
24Proud,” “Haughty,” ah  Scoffer,” are his names,
Who acts with ai  insolent pride.
25The aj  desire of the sluggard puts him to death,
For his hands refuse to work;
26All day long he
Lit desires desire
is craving,
While the righteous al  gives and does not hold back.
27The am  sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,
How much more when he brings it with evil intent!
28A an  false witness will perish,
But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
29A wicked man
Lit makes firm with his face
,
ap  displays a bold face,
But as for the aq  upright, he makes his way sure.
30There is ar  no wisdom and no understanding
And no counsel against the  Lord.
31The as  horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But at  victory belongs to the  Lord.

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