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Proverbs 21 World English Bible (WEB)

21 The king’s heart is in Yahweh’s hand like the watercourses.
    He turns it wherever he desires.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
    but Yahweh weighs the hearts.
To do righteousness and justice
    is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.
A high look and a proud heart,
    the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit;
    and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.
The violence of the wicked will drive them away,
    because they refuse to do what is right.
The way of the guilty is devious,
    but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop
    than to share a house with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
    his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom.
    When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked,
    and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor,
    he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger,
    and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice;
    but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding
    shall rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man.
    He who loves wine and oil won’t be rich.
18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
    the treacherous for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in a desert land,
    than with a contentious and fretful woman.
20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
    but a foolish man swallows it up.
21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness
    finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
    and brings down the strength of its confidence.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue
    keeps his soul from troubles.
24 The proud and arrogant man—“Scoffer” is his name—
    he works in the arrogance of pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard kills him,
    for his hands refuse to labor.
26 There are those who covet greedily all day long;
    but the righteous give and don’t withhold.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination—
    how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!
28 A false witness will perish.
    A man who listens speaks to eternity.
29 A wicked man hardens his face;
    but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding
    nor counsel against Yahweh.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle;
    but victory is with Yahweh.

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Proverbs 21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

On Life and Conduct

21 The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
To do righteousness and justice
Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the [a]pursuit of death.
The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
Because they refuse to act with justice.
The way of a guilty man is crooked,
But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
It is better to live in a corner of a roof
Than [b]in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the [c]naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Turning the wicked to ruin.
13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.
14 A gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But is terror to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the [d]dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.
19 It is better to live in a desert land
Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man swallows it up.
21 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty
And brings down the [e]stronghold in which they trust.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
24 “Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names,
Who acts with insolent pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death,
For his hands refuse to work;
26 All day long he [f]is craving,
While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,
How much more when he brings it with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish,
But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
29 A wicked man [g]displays a bold face,
But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
30 There is no wisdom and no understanding
And no counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But victory belongs to the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 21:6 Lit seekers
  2. Proverbs 21:9 Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
  3. Proverbs 21:11 Lit simple
  4. Proverbs 21:16 Lit departed spirits
  5. Proverbs 21:22 Lit strength of trust
  6. Proverbs 21:26 Lit desires desire
  7. Proverbs 21:29 Lit makes firm with his face
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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