Proverbs, Chapter 21

21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of Yahweh as the watercourses: He turns it wherever he will.
21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Yahweh weighs the hearts.
21:3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.
21:4 A high look, and a proud heart, [Even] the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by those who seek death.
21:7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice.
21:8 The way of him who is laden with guilt is exceedingly crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right.
21:9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.
21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil: His fellow man finds no favor in his eyes.
21:11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
21:12 The righteous man considers the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin.
21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, He also will cry, but will not be heard.
21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath.
21:15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.
21:16 [The] man who wanders out of the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the spirits of the dead.
21:17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man: He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the betrayer [comes] in the stead of the upright.
21:19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.
21:20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But [a] foolish man swallows it up.
21:21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness Finds life, righteousness, and honor.
21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the strength of its confidence.
21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
21:24 The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He works in the arrogance of pride.
21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him; For his hands refuse to labor.
21:26 There is one who covets greedily all the day long; But the righteous gives and does not withhold.
21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is disgusting: How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!
21:28 A false witness will perish; But the man who hears will speak so as to endure.
21:29 A wicked man hardens his face; But as for the upright, he establishes his ways.
21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Yahweh.
21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Yahweh.

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