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Proverbs 21 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Streams of water [are] the heart of a king in the hand of Yahweh; {wherever} he will desire, he will turn. 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 upright in his [own] eyes, but Yahweh weighs hearts. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Doing righteousness and justice is [more] acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughtiness of [the] eyes and pride of heart, [the] lamp of the wicked [are] sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent only [lead] to abundance, but all who are hasty, only to want. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 He who makes treasure by a lying tongue [is a] fleeting vapor [and] seeker of 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 do justice. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 Crooked is the way of a man and a foreigner, but the pure [is] upright [in] his conduct. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to dwell on the corner of a roof than [to] share a house with a woman of contention. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor will not find mercy in his eyes. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 With the punishment of a scoffer, the simple will become wise, and with the instruction of the wise, he will obtain knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The righteous observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked to ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 He who closes his ear from the cry of the poor, he also will cry out and 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 will avert {anger}, and a {concealed bribe}, strong wrath. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 [It is] a joy to the righteous to do justice, but dismay to those who do evil. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever wanders from the way of understanding, in the assembly of the dead he will rest. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 A man of want [is] he who loves pleasure; he who loves wine and oil will not become rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 A ransom for the righteous is the wicked, and [the] faithless instead of the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a land of wilderness than [with] a wife of quarrels and provocation. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Precious treasure and oil [are] in the house of the wise, but the foolish person will devour them. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 To a city of warriors, the wise ascends, and he will bring down the stronghold--its object of trust. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, he guards his life from danger. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 The proud, haughty one: "scoffer" [is] his name; he acts with arrogance of pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The craving of a lazy person will kill him, for 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} he craves a craving, but the righteous will give and not hold back. 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 brings it in divisiveness! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish, but a man who listens will testify with success. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man is strong in {his countenance}, but the upright will appoint his paths. 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 to oppose Yahweh. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but to Yahweh [belongs] the victory. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.