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Proverbs 21 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors mean far more to God than religious performance. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Arrogance and pride - distinguishing marks in the wicked - are just plain sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Make it to the top by lying and cheating; get paid with smoke and a promotion - to death! 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The wicked get buried alive by their loot because they refuse to use it to help others. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 Mixed motives twist life into tangles; pure motives take you straight down the road. Do Your Best, Prepare for the Worst 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 Wicked souls love to make trouble; they feel nothing for friends and neighbors. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 Simpletons only learn the hard way, but the wise learn by listening. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 A God-loyal person will see right through the wicked and undo the evil they've planned. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor, your cries will go unheard, unanswered. 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
14 A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person; a heartfelt present cools a hot temper. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 Good people celebrate when justice triumphs, but for the workers of evil it's a bad day. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever wanders off the straight and narrow ends up in a congregation of ghosts. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 You're addicted to thrills? What an empty life! The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 What a bad person plots against the good, boomerangs; the plotter gets it in the end. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a tent in the wild than with a cross and petulant spouse. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Valuables are safe in a wise person's home; fools put it all out for yard sales. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Whoever goes hunting for what is right and kind finds life itself - glorious life! 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 One sage entered a whole city of armed soldiers - their trusted defenses fell to pieces! 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Watch your words and hold your tongue; you'll save yourself a lot of grief. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 You know their names - Brash, Impudent, Blasphemer - intemperate hotheads, every one. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 Lazy people finally die of hunger because they won't get up and go to work. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 Sinners are always wanting what they don't have; the God-loyal are always giving what they do have. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 Religious performance by the wicked stinks; it's even worse when they use it to get ahead. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness is unconvincing; a person who speaks truth is respected. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 Unscrupulous people fake it a lot; honest people are sure of their steps. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 Nothing clever, nothing conceived, nothing contrived, can get the better of God. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 Do your best, prepare for the worst - then trust God to bring victory. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.