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Proverbs 21 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; he directs it wherever he wants. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 Everyone's path is straight in their own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Acting with righteousness and justice is more valued by the LORD than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Prideful eyes, an arrogant heart, and the lamp of the wicked are all sinful. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent end up in profit, but those who hurry end up with loss. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Those who gain treasure with lies are like a drifting fog, leading to death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, for they refuse to act with justice. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The ways of some people are twisted and strange, but the behavior of those who do right is pure. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on the edge of a roof than with a contentious woman in a large house. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 Wicked people desire evil; their neighbors receive no mercy from them. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When a mocker is punished, the naive person gains wisdom; when insight comes to the wise, knowledge increases. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The righteous one observes the house of the wicked, turning the wicked toward trouble. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Those who close their ears to the cries of the poor will themselves call out but receive no answer. 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
14 A secret gift calms anger, and a hidden bribe removes furious wrath. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 Acting justly is a joy to the righteous, but dreaded by those who do evil. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 People who wander from the path of insight will rest in the company of the dead. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Those who love pleasure end up poor; lovers of wine and oil won't get rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous; the treacherous will be punished in the place of the virtuous. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a wilderness than in a house with a contentious and angry woman. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Precious treasure and oil stay in the home of the wise, but fools swallow them up. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Those who pursue righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise person fought a city of warriors and brought down the stronghold in which they felt safe. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues guard themselves from trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 Incredibly proud—mockers are their name! Their conduct involves excessive pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desires of the lazy will kill them, because their hands refuse to do anything. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 The lazy desire things constantly, but the righteous give without holding back. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The LORD detests the sacrifices of the wicked, especially when brought with devious motives. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness will perish, but one who listens will testify successfully. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 The wicked person appears brash, but the virtuous think about the path ahead. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 No wisdom, understanding, or advice can stand up against the LORD. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 A horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.