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Proverbs 21

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