Proverbs 21 New American Standard Bible

21 1  The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord ; He turns it wherever e e He wishes .

2  Every man's way is right in his own eyes , But the Lord weighs the hearts .

3  To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice .

4  Haughty eyes and a proud heart , The lamp of the wicked , is sin .

5  The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage , But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty .

6  The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor , the pursuit of death .

7  The violence of the wicked will drag them away , Because they refuse to act with justice .

8  The way of a guilty man is crooked , But as for the pure , his conduct is upright .

9  It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman .

10  The soul of the wicked desires evil ; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes .

11  When the scoffer is punished , the naive becomes wise ; But when the wise is instructed , he receives knowledge .

12  The righteous one considers the house of the wicked , Turning the wicked to ruin .

13  He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered .

14  A gift in secret subdues anger , And a bribe in the bosom , strong wrath .

15  The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous , But is terror to the workers of iniquity .

16  A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead .

17  He who loves pleasure will become a poor man ; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich .

18  The wicked is a ransom for the righteous , And the treacherous is in the place of the upright .

19  It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman .

20  There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise , But a foolish man swallows it up.

21  He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life , righteousness and honor .

22  A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust .

23  He who guards his mouth and his tongue , Guards his soul from troubles .

24  "Proud ," "Haughty ," " Scoffer ," are his names , Who acts with insolent pride .

25  The desire of the sluggard puts him to death , For his hands refuse to work ; 26  All day long he is craving , While the righteous gives and does not hold back .

27  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination , How much e more e when he brings it with evil intent !

28  A false witness will perish , But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever .

29  A wicked man displays a bold face , But as for the upright , he makes his way sure .

30  There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the Lord . 31  The horse is prepared for the day of battle , But victory belongs to the Lord .

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