Proverbs 21 WBT/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 high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] 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 every one [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 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 robbery 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 house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide 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: [but 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 Whoever stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, 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 reward 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] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] 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 an angry woman. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 [There is] a 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 its confidence. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoever keepeth 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] abomination: how much more, [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 directeth his way. 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 against 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.