Proverbs 21 CSB

1 A king's heart is a water channel in the Lord's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.
2 All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives.a

References for Proverbs 21:2

    • a 21:2 - Pr 12:15; 16:2; 17:3
      3 Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.b

      References for Proverbs 21:3

        • b 21:3 - 1 Sm 15:22; Hs 6:6; Mt 9:13
          4 The lampc that guides the wicked- haughty eyes and an arrogant heartd-is sin.

          References for Proverbs 21:4

            • c 21:4 - Some Hb mss, ancient versions read tillage
            • d 21:4 - Pr 6:16-17; 30:13; Ps 101:5
              5 The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless only becomes poor.e

              References for Proverbs 21:5

                • e 21:5 - Pr 10:4; 14:23; 21:20
                  6 Making a fortune through a lying tongue is a vanishing mist,f a pursuit of death.g h

                  References for Proverbs 21:6

                    • f 21:6 - Or a breath blown away
                    • g 21:6 - Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg read a snare of death
                    • h 21:6 - Lit is vanity, ones seeking death
                      7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away because they refuse to act justly.
                      8 A guilty man's conduct is crooked, but the behavior of the innocent is upright.i

                      References for Proverbs 21:8

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

                          References for Proverbs 21:9

                            • j 21:9 - Pr 15:16-17; 17:1; 21:19; 25:24
                              10 A wicked person desires evil; he has no considerationk for his neighbor.

                              References for Proverbs 21:10

                                  11 When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.l

                                  References for Proverbs 21:11

                                      12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; He brings the wicked to ruin.
                                      13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will himself also call out and not be answered.m

                                      References for Proverbs 21:13

                                        • m 21:13 - Pr 14:31; 17:5; 19:17
                                          14 A secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe,n fierce rage.o

                                          References for Proverbs 21:14

                                            • n 21:14 - Lit a bribe in the bosom
                                            • o 21:14 - Pr 17:8; 18:16; 19:6
                                              15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.p

                                              References for Proverbs 21:15

                                                  16 The man who strays from the way of wisdom will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.q

                                                  References for Proverbs 21:16

                                                    • q 21:16 - Pr 2:18; 9:18
                                                      17 The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.r

                                                      References for Proverbs 21:17

                                                        • r 21:17 - Ec 2:1-3,10-11
                                                          18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the treacherous, fors the upright.t

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                                                              19 Better to live in a wilderness than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.u

                                                              References for Proverbs 21:19

                                                                • u 21:19 - Pr 15:16-17; 17:1; 21:9; 25:24
                                                                  20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them.v w

                                                                  References for Proverbs 21:20

                                                                    • v 21:20 - Lit it
                                                                    • w 21:20 - Pr 10:4; 28:20; Mt 25:1-13
                                                                      21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.x

                                                                      References for Proverbs 21:21

                                                                        • x 21:21 - Pr 3:16; 8:18; Mt 6:33
                                                                          22 The wise conquer a city of warriors and bring down its mighty fortress.y

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                                                                              23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.z

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                                                                                • z 21:23 - Pr 12:13; 13:3
                                                                                  24 The proud and arrogant person, named "Mocker," acts with excessive pride.{

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                                                                                      25 A slacker's craving will kill him because his hands refuse to work.|

                                                                                      References for Proverbs 21:25

                                                                                        • | 21:25 - Pr 10:4; 12:24; 19:15,24
                                                                                          26 He is filled with craving} all day long, but the righteous give and don't hold back.~

                                                                                          References for Proverbs 21:26

                                                                                            • } 21:26 - Lit He craves a craving
                                                                                            • ~ 21:26 - Pr 11:24-25
                                                                                              27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable- how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives!

                                                                                              References for Proverbs 21:27

                                                                                                •  21:27 - Pr 15:8; 28:9
                                                                                                  28 A lying witness will perish,€ but the one who listens will speak successfully.

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                                                                                                      29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright man considers his way.

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                                                                                                          30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel [will prevail] against the Lord.
                                                                                                          31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.‚

                                                                                                          References for Proverbs 21:31

                                                                                                            • ‚ 21:31 - Pr 20:18; 24:6; Ps 20:7; 108:10-13