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Proverbs 21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he turns 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 People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart. 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
3 The LORD is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices. 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 Wealth created by lying is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 Because the wicked refuse to do what is just, their violence boomerangs and destroys them. 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road. 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 Evil people love to harm others; their neighbors get no mercy from them. 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
11 A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers punished; a wise person learns from instruction. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring the wicked to disaster. 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. 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; a secret bribe pacifies fury. 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it causes dismay among evildoers. 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 The person who strays from common sense will end up 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 Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches. 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
18 Sometimes the wicked are punished to save the godly, and the treacherous for the upright. 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 crabby, complaining wife. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor. 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust. 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
24 Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance. 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
25 The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work. 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
26 They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to give! 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
27 God loathes the sacrifice of an evil person, especially when it is brought with ulterior motives. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness will be allowed to speak. 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.
29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright proceed with care. 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
30 Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the LORD. 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
31 The horses are prepared for battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.