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Proverbs 21

1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases.
2 Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what he is thinking.
3 Do what is right and fair. The LORD accepts that more than sacrifices.
4 Proud eyes and a proud heart are the lamp of sinful people. But those things are evil.
5 The plans of people who work hard succeed. You can be sure that those in a hurry will become poor.
6 A fortune made by people who tell lies amounts to nothing and leads to death.
7 The harmful things that evil people do will drag them away. They refuse to do what is right.
8 The path of those who are guilty is crooked. But the conduct of those who are not guilty is honest.
9 It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.
10 A sinful person longs to do evil. He doesn't show his neighbor any mercy.
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.
12 The Blameless One knows where sinners live. And he destroys them.
13 If you refuse to listen to the cries of poor people, you too will cry out and not be answered.
14 A secret gift calms anger down. A hidden favor softens great anger.
15 When you do what is fair, you make godly people glad. But you terrify those who do what is evil.
16 A man who leaves the path of understanding ends up with those who are dead.
17 Anyone who loves pleasure will become poor. Anyone who loves wine and oil will never be rich.
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.
19 It is better to live in a desert than to live with a nagging, angry wife.
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.
21 Anyone who wants to be godly and loving finds life, success and honor.
22 Those who are wise can attack a strong city. They can pull down the place of safety its people trust in.
23 Anyone who is careful about what he says keeps himself out of trouble.
24 A proud person is called a "mocker." He thinks much too highly of himself.
25 Some people will die while they are still hungry. That's because their hands refuse to work.
26 All day long they hunger for more. But godly people give without holding back.
27 God hates sacrifices that are brought by evil people. He hates it even more when they bring them for the wrong reason.
28 Witnesses who aren't honest will die. And anyone who listens to them will be destroyed forever.
29 A sinful man tries to look as if he were bold. But an honest person thinks about how he lives.
30 No wisdom, wise saying or plan can succeed against the Lord.
31 You can prepare a horse for the day of battle. But the power to win comes from the Lord.

Proverbs 21 Commentary

Chapter 21

Verse 1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. Verse 2 . We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. Verse 3 . Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. Verse 4 . Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. Verse 5 . The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. Verse 6 . While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. Verse 7 . Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. Verse 8 . The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange. Verse 9 . It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. Verse 10 . The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. Verse 11 . The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. Verse 12 . Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. Verse 13 . Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. Verse 14 . If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? Verse 15 . There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. Verse 16 . Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. Verse 17 . A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. Verse 18 . The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. Verse 19 . Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. Verse 20 . The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. Verse 21 . True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. Verse 22 . Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. Verse 23 . It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. Verse 24 . Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, ( proverbs 21:25-26 ) misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. Verse 27 . When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. Verse 28 . The doom of a false witness is certain. Verse 29 . A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What ( proverbs 21:30-31 ) after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Chapter Summary


This chapter relates a second vision Solomon had at Gibeon, in which he received an answer to his prayer in the preceding chapter, 1Ki 9:1-9 that passed between him and Hiram king of Tyre, 1Ki 9:10-14, the places that Solomon built or repaired, 1Ki 9:15-19, the Canaanitish people that became bondmen to him, and the officers he had among the children of Israel, 1Ki 9:20-23 the removal of Pharaoh's daughter to the house built for her, 1Ki 9:24. Solomon's attention to religious services, 1Ki 9:25 and the navy of ships he employed, which brought him in great riches, 1Ki 9:26-28.

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