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Proverbs 21 NIV

1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

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2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.

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3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

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4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.

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5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

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6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.a

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    • … 21:6 - Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts "vapor for those who seek death"
      7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.

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      8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

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      9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

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      10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
      11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.

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      12 The Righteous Oneb takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.

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        • † 21:12 - Or "The righteous person"
          13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

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          14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

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          15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

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          16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.

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          17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.

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          18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

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          19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.

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              20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
              21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperityc and honor.

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                • ‡ 21:21 - Or "righteousness"
                  22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.

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                  23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

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                  24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury.

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                  25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

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                  26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

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                  27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent!

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                  28 A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.

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                  29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.

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                  30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

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                  31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

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                  • a 21:6 - Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts "vapor for those who seek death"
                  • b 21:12 - Or "The righteous person"
                  • c 21:21 - Or "righteousness"