Proverbs 21 NIV

1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.1

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2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.2

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3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.3

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4 Haughty eyes4 and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!

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5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit5 as surely as haste leads to poverty.

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6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.a6

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    • a 21:6 - Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts "vapor for those who seek death"
      7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,7 for they refuse to do what is right.

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      8 The way of the guilty is devious,8 but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

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      9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.9

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      10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
      11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.10

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      12 The Righteous Oneb takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.11

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        • b 21:12 - Or "The righteous man"
          13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out12 and not be answered.13

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          14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.14

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          15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.15

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          16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.16

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          17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.17

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          18 The wicked become a ransom18 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

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          19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.19

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              20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
              21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperityc20 and honor.21

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                • c 21:21 - Or "righteousness"
                  22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty22 and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.

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                  23 He who guards his mouth23 and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.24

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                  24 The proud and arrogant25 man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

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                  25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him,26 because his hands refuse to work.

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                  26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous27 give without sparing.28

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                  27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable29-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!30

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                  28 A false witness31 will perish,32 and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.d

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                    • d 21:28 - Or "/ but the words of an obedient man will live on"
                      29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.33

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                      30 There is no wisdom,34 no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.35

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                      31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.36

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