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Proverbs 21 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord controls the mind of a king as easily as he directs the course of a stream. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 You may think that everything you do is right, but remember that the Lord judges your motives. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Do what is right and fair; that pleases the Lord more than bringing him sacrifices. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Wicked people are controlled by their conceit and arrogance, and this is sinful. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 The riches you get by dishonesty soon disappear, but not before they lead you into the jaws of death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The wicked are doomed by their own violence; 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 Guilty people walk a crooked path; the innocent do what is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on the roof than 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 Wicked people are always hungry for evil; they have no mercy on anyone. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When someone who is conceited gets his punishment, even an unthinking person learns a lesson. One who is wise will learn from what he is taught. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 God, the righteous one, knows what goes on in the homes of the wicked, and he will bring the wicked down to ruin. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will 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 If someone is angry with you, a gift given secretly will calm him down. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are brought to despair. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Death is waiting for anyone who wanders away from good sense. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked bring on themselves the suffering they try to cause good people. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live out in the desert than with a nagging, complaining wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A shrewd general can take a city defended by strong men, and destroy the walls they relied on. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 Show me a conceited person and I will show you someone who is arrogant, proud, and inconsiderate. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 Lazy people who refuse to work are only killing themselves; 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 all they do is think about what they would like to have. The righteous, however, can give, and give generously. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The Lord hates it when wicked people offer him sacrifices, especially if they do it from evil motives. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 The testimony of a liar is not believed, but the word of someone who thinks matters through is accepted. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 Righteous people are sure of themselves; the wicked have to pretend as best they can. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 Human wisdom, brilliance, insight - they are of no help if the Lord is against you. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 You can get horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives victory. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.