Proverbs Chapter 21 |
1Like channeled water is the mind of the king in the Lord’s hand;
He directs it to whatever He wishes.
2All the ways of a man seem right to him,
But the Lord probes the mind.
3To do what is right and just
Is more desired by the Lord than sacrifice.
4Haughty looks, a proud heart—
The tillage of the wicked is sinful.
5The plans of the diligent make only for gain;
All rash haste makes only for loss.
6Treasures acquired by a lying tongue
Are like driven vapor, heading for extinction.
7The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
For they refuse to act justly.
8The way of a man may be tortuous and strange,
Though his actions are blameless and proper.
9Dwelling in the corner of a roof is better
Than a contentious wife in a spacious house.
10The desire of the wicked is set upon evil;
His fellowman finds no favor in his eyes.
11When a scoffer is punished, the simple man is edified;
When a wise man is taught, he gains insight.
12The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked man;
He subverts the wicked to their ruin.
13Who stops his ears at the cry of the wretched,
He too will call and not be answered.
14A gift in secret subdues anger,
A present in private, fierce rage.
15Justice done is a joy to the righteous,
To evildoers, ruination.
16A man who strays from the path of prudence
Will rest in the company of ghosts.
17He who loves pleasure comes to want;
He who loves wine and oil does not grow rich.
18The wicked are the ransom of the righteous;
The traitor comes in place of the upright.
19It is better to live in the desert
Than with a contentious, vexatious wife.
20Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise man,
And a fool of a man will run through them.
21He who strives to do good and kind deeds
Attains life, success, and honor.
22One wise man prevailed over a city of warriors
And brought down its mighty stronghold.
23He who guards his mouth and tongue
Guards himself from trouble.
24The proud, insolent man, scoffer is his name,
Acts in a frenzy of insolence.
25The craving of a lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to work.
26All day long he is seized with craving
While the righteous man gives without stint.
27The sacrifice of the wicked man is an abomination,
The more so as he offers it in depravity.
28A false witness is doomed,
But one who really heard will testify with success.
29The wicked man is brazen-faced;
The upright man discerns his course.
30No wisdom, no prudence, and no counsel
Can prevail against the Lord.
31The horse is readied for the day of battle,
But victory comes from the Lord.