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Proverbs 21 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Streams of water [are] the hearta of a king in the hand of Yahweh; {wherever}b he will desire, he will turn. 2 Every way of a man is upright in his [own] eyes, but Yahweh weighs hearts.c 3 Doing righteousness and justice is [more] acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice. 4 Haughtiness of [the] eyes and pride of heart, [the] lamp of the wicked [are] sin. 5 The plans of the diligent only [lead] to abundance, but all who are hasty, only to want. 6 He who makes treasure by a lying tongue [is a] fleeting vapor [and] seekerd of death. 7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, for they refuse to do justice. 8 Crooked is the way of a man and a foreigner, but the pure [is] upright [in] his conduct. 9 Better to dwell on the corner of a roof than [to] share a house with a womane of contention. 10 The soulf of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor will not find mercy in his eyes. 11 With the punishment of a scoffer, the simple will become wise, and with the instruction of the wise, he will obtain knowledge. 12 The righteous observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked to ruin. 13 He who closes his ear from the cry of the poor, he also will cry out and not be heard. 14 A gift in secretg will avert {anger},h and a {concealed bribe},i strong wrath. 15 [It is] a joy to the righteous to do justice, but dismay to those who do evil. 16 Whoever wanders from the way of understanding, in the assembly of the deadj he will rest. 17 A man of want [is] he who loves pleasure; he who loves wine and oilk will not become rich. 18 A ransom for the righteous is the wicked, and [the] faithless instead of the upright. 19 Better to live in a land of wilderness than [with] a wife of quarrels and provocation. 20 Precious treasure and oil [are] in the house of the wise, but the foolish personl will devour them.m 21 He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. 22 To a city of warriors, the wise ascends, and he will bring down the stronghold--its object of trust. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, he guards his lifen from danger. 24 The proud, haughty one: "scoffer" [is] his name; he acts with arrogance of pride. 25 The craving of a lazy person will kill him, for his hands refuse to work.o 26 {All day}p he craves a craving, but the righteous will give and not hold back. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination; how much more when he brings it in divisiveness! 28 A false witness will perish, but a man who listens will testify withq success. 29 A wicked man is strong in {his countenance},r but the upright will appoint his paths. 30 There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel to oppose Yahweh. 31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but to Yahweh [belongs] the victory.
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