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Proverbs 21 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord judges your reasons. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Doing what is right and fair is more important to the Lord than sacrifices. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Proud looks, proud thoughts, and evil actions are sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of hard-working people earn a profit, but those who act too quickly become poor. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Wealth that comes from telling lies vanishes like a mist and leads to death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because 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 live dishonest lives, but honest people do right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to live in a corner on the roofn than inside the house with a quarreling wife. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 Evil people only want to harm others. Their neighbors get no mercy from them. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 If you punish those who make fun of wisdom, a foolish person may gain some wisdom. But if you teach the wise, they will get knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 God, who is always right, watches the house of the wicked and brings ruin on every evil person. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever ignores the poor when they cry for help will also cry for help 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 will calm an angry person; a present given in secrecy will quiet great anger. 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 ruined. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever does not use good sense will end up among 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 perfume will never be rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 Wicked people will suffer instead of good people, and those who cannot be trusted will suffer instead of those who do right. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarreling and complaining wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 Wise people's houses are full of the best foods and olive oil, but fools waste everything they have. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Whoever tries to live right and be loyal finds life, success, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 A wise person can defeat a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 People who act with stubborn pride are called "proud," "bragger," and "mocker." 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 Lazy people's desire for sleep will kill them, because they 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 wish for more, but good people give without holding back. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The Lord hates sacrifices brought by evil people, particularly when they offer them for the wrong reasons. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A lying witness will be forgotten, but a truthful witness will speak on. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 Wicked people are stubborn, but good people think carefully about what they do. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 There is no wisdom, understanding, or advice that can succeed against the Lord. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 You can get the horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives the victory. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.