Proverbs 21 TMB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; as the rivers of water, He turneth it whithersoever He will. 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 right in his own eyes, but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 A haughty look and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, are sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness, but of everyone that is hasty, only to want. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity which is tossed to and fro by them that seek death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The robberies of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do judgment. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of man is froward and strange, but as for the pure, his work is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a large house. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked, how God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall himself cry, but shall 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 pacifieth 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 It is a joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction shall come to the workers of iniquity. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth 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 that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of their confidence. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoso guardeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuse to labor; 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 he coveteth greedily all the day long, but the righteous giveth and spareth not. 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 so when he bringeth it with a wicked mind! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness shall perish, but the man that heareth speaketh constantly. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face, but as for the upright, he considereth his ways. 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 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 safety is from the LORD. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.