Proverbs 21 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A king's heart is a water channel in the Lord's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Doing what is righteous 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 The lamp that guides the wicked- haughty eyes and an arrogant heart-is sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless only becomes poor. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Making a fortune through a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a 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 sweeps 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 guilty man's conduct is crooked, but the behavior 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 the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 A wicked person desires evil; he has no consideration for his neighbor. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires 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; He brings the wicked to ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will himself also call 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 secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe, fierce rage. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 The man who strays from the way of wisdom will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the treacherous, for the upright. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a wilderness than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 The wise conquer a city of warriors and bring down its mighty fortress. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant person, named "Mocker," acts with excessive pride. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 A slacker'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 is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don't hold back. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable- how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives! 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness will perish, but the one who listens will speak 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, but the upright man considers his way. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel [will prevail] against the Lord. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.