The Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs 21

1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD,
Like the 1 rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 a Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
b But the LORD weighs the hearts.
3 c To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 d A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the 2 plowing of the wicked are sin.
5 e The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
6 f Getting treasures by a lying tongue
3 Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
7 The violence of the wicked will 4 destroy them,
Because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of 5 a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right.
9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with g a contentious woman.
10 h The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
But when the i wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
13 j Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger,
And a bribe 6 behind the back, strong wrath.
15 It is a joy for the just to do justice,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the k dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
And the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell 7 in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 l There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
21 m He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
22 A n wise man 8 scales the city of the mighty,
And brings down the trusted stronghold.
23 o Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
24 A proud and haughty man - "Scoffer" is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.
25 The p desire of the lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all day long,
But the righteous q gives and does not spare.
27 r The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
28 A false witness shall perish,
But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face,
But as for the upright, he 9 establishes his way.
30 s There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But t deliverance is of the LORD.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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