Proverbs 21:1-10 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