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Proverbs 21 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 A high look, and a proud heart, [Even] the lamp of the wicked, is sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty [hasteth] only to want. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: His neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard. 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous [cometh] in the stead of the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He worketh in the arrogance of pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard killeth him; For his hands refuse to labor. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Jehovah. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.