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Proverbs 21

NCV 1 The Lord can control a king's mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. NIV 1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. NCV 2 You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord judges your reasons. NIV 2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. NCV 3 Doing what is right and fair is more important to the Lord than sacrifices. NIV 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. NCV 4 Proud looks, proud thoughts, and evil actions are sin. NIV 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. NCV 5 The plans of hard-working people earn a profit, but those who act too quickly become poor. NIV 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. NCV 6 Wealth that comes from telling lies vanishes like a mist and leads to death. NIV 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. NCV 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because 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. NCV 8 Guilty people live dishonest lives, but honest people do right. NIV 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. NCV 9 It is better to live in a corner on the roofn than inside the house with a quarreling wife. NIV 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. NCV 10 Evil people only want to harm others. Their neighbors get no mercy from them. NIV 10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them. NCV 11 If you punish those who make fun of wisdom, a foolish person may gain some wisdom. But if you teach the wise, they will get knowledge. NIV 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge. NCV 12 God, who is always right, watches the house of the wicked and brings ruin on every evil person. NIV 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. NCV 13 Whoever ignores the poor when they cry for help will also cry for help and not be answered. NIV 13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. NCV 14 A secret gift will calm an angry person; a present given in secrecy will quiet great anger. NIV 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. NCV 15 When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are ruined. NIV 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. NCV 16 Whoever does not use good sense will end up among the dead. NIV 16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead. NCV 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and perfume will never be rich. NIV 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. NCV 18 Wicked people will suffer instead of good people, and those who cannot be trusted will suffer instead of those who do right. NIV 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. NCV 19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarreling and complaining wife. NIV 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. NCV 20 Wise people's houses are full of the best foods and olive oil, but fools waste everything they have. NIV 20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. NCV 21 Whoever tries to live right and be loyal finds life, success, and honor. NIV 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. NCV 22 A wise person can defeat a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in. NIV 22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. NCV 23 Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble. NIV 23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. NCV 24 People who act with stubborn pride are called "proud," "bragger," and "mocker." NIV 24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury. NCV 25 Lazy people's desire for sleep will kill them, because they refuse to work. NIV 25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. NCV 26 All day long they wish for more, but good people give without holding back. NIV 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. NCV 27 The Lord hates sacrifices brought by evil people, particularly when they offer them for the wrong reasons. NIV 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent! NCV 28 A lying witness will be forgotten, but a truthful witness will speak on. NIV 28 A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. NCV 29 Wicked people are stubborn, but good people think carefully about what they do. NIV 29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways. NCV 30 There is no wisdom, understanding, or advice that can succeed against the Lord. NIV 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. NCV 31 You can get the horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives the victory. NIV 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

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