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Proverbs 21:12-22:16 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

12 The Righteous One[a] considers the house of the wicked;
he brings the wicked to ruin.

13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
will himself also call out and not be answered.

14 A secret gift soothes anger,
and a covert bribe, fierce rage.

15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous
but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

16 The person who strays from the way of prudence
will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.

17 The one who loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.

18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous,
and the treacherous, for[b] the upright.

19 Better to live in a wilderness
than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.

20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,
but a fool consumes them.[c]

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down its secure fortress.

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.

24 The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,”
acts with excessive arrogance.

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work.
26 He is filled with craving[d] all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back.

27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives!

28 A lying witness will perish,
but the one who listens will speak successfully.

29 A wicked person puts on a bold face,
but the upright one considers his way.

30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel
will prevail against the Lord.

31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but victory comes from the Lord.

22 A good name is to be chosen over great wealth;
favor is better than silver and gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:[e]
the Lord makes them all.

A sensible person sees danger and takes cover,
but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.

Humility, the fear of the Lord,
results in wealth, honor, and life.

There are thorns and snares on the way of the crooked;
the one who guards himself stays far from them.

Start a youth out on his way;
even when he grows old he will not depart from it.

The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is a slave to the lender.

The one who sows injustice will reap disaster,
and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

A generous person[f] will be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.

10 Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too;
then quarreling and dishonor will cease.

11 The one who loves a pure heart
and gracious lips—the king is his friend.

12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the treacherous.

13 The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit;
a man cursed by the Lord will fall into it.

15 Foolishness is bound to the heart of a youth;
a rod of discipline will separate it from him.

16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich—both lead only to poverty.

Footnotes:

  1. 21:12 Or righteous one
  2. 21:18 Or in place of
  3. 21:20 Lit it
  4. 21:26 Lit He craves a craving
  5. 22:2 Lit poor meet
  6. 22:9 Lit Good of eye
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