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Proverbs 21 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The king's heart in ADONAI's hand is like streams of water -he directs it wherever he pleases. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 All a person's ways are right in his own view, but ADONAI 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 pleasing to ADONAI than sacrifice. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughty looks, a proud heart -what the wicked plow is sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent lead only to abundance; but all who rush in arrive only at want. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 A fortune gained by a lying tongue is vapor dispersed [by] seekers 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 sweep them away, because they refuse to act justly. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 A criminal's conduct is crooked, but the work of the pure is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to live on a corner of the roof than to share the house with a nagging wife. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked is set on evil; he doesn't pity even his neighbor. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When a scorner is punished, the simple become wiser; and when the wise is instructed, he takes hold of knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever stops up his ears at the cry of the poor will himself cry, but 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 secret gift allays anger, and a bribe under the cloak the strongest fury. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 Acting justly is a joy for the righteous but it terrifies evildoers. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 The person who strays from the way of common sense will come 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 Pleasure-lovers will suffer want; he who loves wine and oil won't get rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked serve as a ransom for the righteous, and likewise the perfidious for the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to live in the desert than with a nagging, irritable wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 In the home of the wise are fine treasures and oil, but a fool quickly devours it. 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 kindness finds life, prosperity and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise man can go up into a city of warriors and undermine the strength in which it trusts. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 "Scoffer" is what you call a proud, insolent person who acts with overweening conceit. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 A lazy man's craving will kill him, because his hands refuse to work - 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 he covets greedily all day long; but a righteous person gives without holding 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 vile motives. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness is doomed, but one who heard [what was said] will testify successfully. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, whereas the upright prepares his ways. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 No wisdom, discernment or counsel succeeds against ADONAI. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 A horse may be prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from ADONAI. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.