Proverbs 21 NAS/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 turns it wherever He wishes. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs 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 desired by the LORD more than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit 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 drag them away, Because 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 way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 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 finds 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 naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked, Turning 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 shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself 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 in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding 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 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; 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 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing 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 swallows 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 who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they 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, Guards his soul from troubles. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 "Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, 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 long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does 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 with evil intent! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared 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.