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Proverbs 21

NKJV 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. NIV 1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. NKJV 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. NIV 2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. NKJV 3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. NIV 3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. NKJV 4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. NIV 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. NKJV 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. NIV 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. NKJV 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. NIV 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. NKJV 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice. NIV 7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right. NKJV 8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. NIV 8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. NKJV 9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. NIV 9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. NKJV 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. NIV 10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them. NKJV 11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. NIV 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge. NKJV 12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. NIV 12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. NKJV 13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard. NIV 13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. NKJV 14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath. NIV 14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. NKJV 15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. NIV 15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. NKJV 16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead. NIV 16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead. NKJV 17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich. NIV 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. NKJV 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright. NIV 18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. NKJV 19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman. NIV 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. NKJV 20 There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it. NIV 20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. NKJV 21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor. NIV 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. NKJV 22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. NIV 22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. NKJV 23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. NIV 23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. NKJV 24 A proud and haughty man--"Scoffer" is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. NIV 24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury. NKJV 25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. NIV 25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. NKJV 26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare. NIV 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. NKJV 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent! NIV 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent! NKJV 28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly. NIV 28 A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. NKJV 29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way. NIV 29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways. NKJV 30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord. NIV 30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. NKJV 31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord. NIV 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

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