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Proverbs 21 TNIV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 People may think all their ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 To do what is right and just 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 Haughty eyes and a proud heart-- the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. 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, for they refuse to do what is right. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out 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 soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company 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 olive oil will never be rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. 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 quarrelsome and nagging wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. 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 love finds life, prosperity and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull 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 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant--"Mocker" is their name; they behave with insolent fury. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The craving of sluggards will be the death of them, because their 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 they crave for more, but the righteous give without sparing. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 Those who give false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed 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 victory rests with the LORD. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.