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Proverbs 21

NIRV 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases. NIV 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. NIRV 2 Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what he is thinking. NIV 2 All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. NIRV 3 Do what is right and fair. The LORD accepts that more than sacrifices. NIV 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. NIRV 4 Proud eyes and a proud heart are the lamp of sinful people. But those things are evil. NIV 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! NIRV 5 The plans of people who work hard succeed. You can be sure that those in a hurry will become poor. NIV 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. NIRV 6 A fortune made by people who tell lies amounts to nothing and leads to death. NIV 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. NIRV 7 The harmful things that evil people do will drag them away. 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. NIRV 8 The path of those who are guilty is crooked. But the conduct of those who are not guilty is honest. NIV 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. NIRV 9 It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife. NIV 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. NIRV 10 A sinful person longs to do evil. He doesn't show his neighbor any mercy. NIV 10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him. NIRV 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. NIV 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge. NIRV 12 The Blameless One knows where sinners live. And he destroys them. NIV 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. NIRV 13 If you refuse to listen to the cries of poor people, you too will cry out and not be answered. NIV 13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. NIRV 14 A secret gift calms anger down. A hidden favor softens great anger. NIV 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. NIRV 15 When you do what is fair, you make godly people glad. But you terrify those who do what is evil. NIV 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. NIRV 16 A man who leaves the path of understanding ends up with those who are dead. NIV 16 A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead. NIRV 17 Anyone who loves pleasure will become poor. Anyone who loves wine and oil will never be rich. NIV 17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich. NIRV 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. NIV 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. NIRV 19 It is better to live in a desert than to live with a nagging, angry wife. NIV 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. NIRV 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. NIV 20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. NIRV 21 Anyone who wants to be godly and loving finds life, success and honor. NIV 21 He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. NIRV 22 Those who are wise can attack a strong city. They can pull down the place of safety its people trust in. NIV 22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. NIRV 23 Anyone who is careful about what he says keeps himself out of trouble. NIV 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. NIRV 24 A proud person is called a "mocker." He thinks much too highly of himself. NIV 24 The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. NIRV 25 Some people will die while they are still hungry. That's because their hands refuse to work. NIV 25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. NIRV 26 All day long they hunger for more. But godly people give without holding back. NIV 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. NIRV 27 God hates sacrifices that are brought by evil people. He hates it even more when they bring them for the wrong reason. NIV 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent! NIRV 28 Witnesses who aren't honest will die. And anyone who listens to them will be destroyed forever. NIV 28 A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever. NIRV 29 A sinful man tries to look as if he were bold. But an honest person thinks about how he lives. NIV 29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways. NIRV 30 No wisdom, wise saying or plan can succeed against the Lord. NIV 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. NIRV 31 You can prepare a horse for the day of battle. But the power to win comes from the Lord. NIV 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.