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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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 pursuit of 9death.
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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 in a house shared with a contentious woman.
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    • b 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 naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
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      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 dead.
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        • d 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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          22 A 27wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
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          23 He who 28guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
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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 is craving, While the righteous 32gives and does not hold back.
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          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 35displays a bold face, But as for the 36upright, he makes his way sure.
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            • g 21:29 - Lit "makes firm with his face"
              31 The 38horse is prepared for the day of battle, But 39victory belongs to the LORD.