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Proverbs 21 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
2 Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what he is thinking. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 Do what is right and fair. The LORD accepts that more than sacrifices. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Proud eyes and a proud heart are the lamp of sinful people. But those things are evil. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 The plans of people who work hard succeed. You can be sure that those in a hurry will become poor. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 A fortune made by people who tell lies amounts to nothing and leads to death. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The harmful things that evil people do will drag them away. 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 The path of those who are guilty is crooked. But the conduct of those who are not guilty is honest. 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 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 sinful person longs to do evil. He doesn't show his neighbor any mercy. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 When you punish someone who makes fun of others, childish people get wise. If you teach a person who is already wise, he will get even more knowledge. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The Blameless One knows where sinners live. And he destroys them. 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 cries of poor people, you too will cry 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 calms anger down. A hidden favor softens great anger. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When you do what is fair, you make godly people glad. But you terrify those who do what is evil. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 A man who leaves the path of understanding ends up with those who are dead. 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Anyone who loves pleasure will become poor. Anyone who loves wine and oil will never be rich. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 Those who do what is evil pay the price for setting godly people free. Those who aren't faithful pay the price for honest people. 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 It is better to live in a desert than to live with a nagging, angry wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 The best food and olive oil are stored up in the houses of wise people. But a foolish man eats up everything he has. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Anyone who wants to be godly and loving finds life, success and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 Those who are wise can attack a strong city. They can pull down the place of safety its people trust in. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Anyone who is careful about what he says keeps himself out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 A proud person is called a "mocker." He thinks much too highly of himself. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 Some people will die while they are still hungry. That's because their hands 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 hunger for more. But godly people give without holding back. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 God hates sacrifices that are brought by evil people. He hates it even more when they bring them for the wrong reason. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 Witnesses who aren't honest will die. And anyone who listens to them will be destroyed forever. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 A sinful man tries to look as if he were bold. But an honest person thinks about how he lives. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 No wisdom, wise saying or plan can succeed against the Lord. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 You can prepare a horse for the day of battle. But the power to win comes from the Lord. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.