Proverbs 21 NAS

On Life and Conduct

1 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He 1turns it wherever He wishes.

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2 2Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD 3weighs the hearts.

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3 To do 4righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.

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4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The 5lamp of the wicked, is sin.

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5 The plans of the 6diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone 7who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

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6 The 8acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the apursuit of 9death.

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    • ƅ 21:6 - Lit "seekers"
      7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they 10refuse to act with justice.

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      8 The way of a guilty man is 11crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.

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      9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than bin a house shared with a contentious woman.

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        • Ɔ 21:9 - Lit "with a woman of contentions and a house of association"
          10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His 12neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

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          11 When the 13scoffer is punished, the cnaive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

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            • Ƈ 21:11 - Lit "simple"
              12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked, Turning the 14wicked to ruin.

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              13 He who 15shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be 16answered.

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              14 A 17gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

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              15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is 18terror to the workers of iniquity.

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              16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will 19rest in the assembly of the ddead.

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                • ƈ 21:16 - Lit "departed spirits"
                  17 He who 20loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

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                  18 The wicked is a 21ransom for the righteous, And the 22treacherous is in the place of the upright.

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                  19 23It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman.

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                  20 There is precious 24treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man 25swallows it up.

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                  21 He who 26pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

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                  22 A 27wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the estronghold in which they trust.

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                    • Ɖ 21:22 - Lit "strength of trust"
                      23 He who 28guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

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                      24 "Proud," "Haughty," "29Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with 30insolent pride.

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                      25 The 31desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;

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                      26 All day long he fis craving, While the righteous 32gives and does not hold back.

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                        • Ɗ 21:26 - Lit "desires desire"
                          27 The 33sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!

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                          28 A 34false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.

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                          29 A wicked man g35displays a bold face, But as for the 36upright, he makes his way sure.

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                            • Ƌ 21:29 - Lit "makes firm with his face"
                              30 There is 37no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

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                              31 The 38horse is prepared for the day of battle, But 39victory belongs to the LORD.

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