Proverbs 21 ESV

1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he 1turns it wherever he will.

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2 2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD 3weighs the heart.

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3 4To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

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4 5Haughty eyes and a proud heart, 6the lampa of the wicked, are sin.

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    • ± 21:4 - Or the plowing
      5 The plans of 7the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is 8hasty comes 9only to poverty.

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      6 10The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a 11fleeting 12vapor and a 13snare of death.b

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        • ² 21:6 - Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death
          7 The violence of the wicked will 14sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.

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          8 The way of the guilty 15is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.

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          9 It is 16better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

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          10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
          11 When 17a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

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          12 The Righteous One 18observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked down to ruin.

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          13 19Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

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          14 20A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe,c strong wrath.

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            • ³ 21:14 - Hebrew a bribe in the bosom
              15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous 21but terror to evildoers.

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              16 One who wanders from the way of good sense 22will rest in the assembly of the dead.

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              17 Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
              18 23The wicked is a 24ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright.

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              19 It is 25better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

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                  20 26Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man 27devours it.

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                  21 Whoever 28pursues righteousness and kindness will find 29life, righteousness, and honor.

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                  22 30A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

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                  23 31Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue 32keeps himself out of 33trouble.

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                  24 34"Scoffer" is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.

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                  25 The desire of 35the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

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                  26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous 36gives and does not hold back.

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                  27 37The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more 38when he brings it with evil intent.

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                  28 39A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure.

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                  29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright 40gives thought tod his ways.

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                    • ´ 21:29 - Or establishes
                      30 41No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

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                      31 42The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but 43the victory belongs to the LORD.

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