Proverbs 21 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The king's heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction he chooses. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 A person thinks everything he does is right, but the LORD weighs hearts. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the LORD than offering a sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 A conceited look and an arrogant attitude, which are the lamps of wicked people, are sins. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of a hard-working person lead to prosperity, but everyone who is [always] in a hurry ends up in poverty. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The violence of wicked people will drag them away since they refuse to do what is just. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of a guilty person is crooked, but the behavior of those who are pure is moral. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a home with a quarreling woman. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The mind of a wicked person desires evil and has no consideration for his neighbor. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When a mocker is punished, a gullible person becomes wise, and when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 A righteous person wisely considers the house of a wicked person. He throws wicked people into disasters. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will call and not be answered. 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 [given] in secret calms anger, and a secret bribe calms great fury. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, a righteous person is delighted, but troublemakers are terrified. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 A person who wanders from the way of wise behavior will 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 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor. Whoever loves wine and expensive food will not become rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 Wicked people become a ransom for righteous people, and treacherous people will take the place of decent people. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarreling and angry woman. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Costly treasure and wealth are in the home of a wise person, but a fool devours them. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and mercy will find life, righteousness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise man attacks a city of warriors and pulls down the strong defenses in which they trust. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 An arrogant, conceited person is called a mocker. His arrogance knows no limits. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desire of a lazy person will kill him because his hands refuse to work. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he feels greedy, but a righteous person gives and does not hold back. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of wicked people is disgusting, especially if they bring it with evil intent. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness will die, but a person who listens to advice will continue to speak. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked person puts up a bold front, but a decent person's way of life is his own security. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no advice [can stand up] against the LORD. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.