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Proverbs 21 (Today's New International Version)

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1 In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.1 2 People may think all their ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.2 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.3 4 Haughty eyes4 and a proud heart-- the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit5 as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.a6 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,7 for they refuse to do what is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious,8 but the conduct of the innocent is upright. 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.9 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.10 12 The Righteous Oneb takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.11 13 Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out12 and not be answered.13 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.14 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.15 16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.16 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.17 18 The wicked become a ransom18 for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.19 20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperityc20 and honor.21 22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty22 and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 Those who guard their mouths23 and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.24 24 The proud and arrogant25--"Mocker" is their name; they behave with insolent fury. 25 The craving of sluggards will be the death of them,26 because their hands refuse to work. 26 All day long they crave for more, but the righteous27 give without sparing.28 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable29-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!30 28 Those who give false witness31 will perish,32 but a careful listener will testify successfully. 29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.33 30 There is no wisdom,34 no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.35 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.36
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