Proverbs 21-23 New International Version (NIV)
21 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
2 A person may think their own ways are right,
3 To do what is right and just
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
8 The way of the guilty is devious,
9 Better to live on a corner of the roof
10 The wicked crave evil;
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
12 The Righteous One[b] takes note of the house of the wicked
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
19 Better to live in a desert
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
28 A false witness will perish,
29 The wicked put up a bold front,
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
7 The rich rule over the poor,
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?
23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
9 Do not speak to fools,
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
12 Apply your heart to instruction
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
26 My son, give me your heart
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
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