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Proverbs 21

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

21:1 The king’s heart is in Yahweh’s hand like the watercourses.
He turns it wherever he desires.

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,
the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

21:5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit;
and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

21:6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

21:7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away,
because they refuse to do what is right.

21:8 The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

21:9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop,
than to share a house with a contentious woman.

21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

21:11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom.
When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

21:12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked,
and brings the wicked to ruin.

21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor,
he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.

21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger;
and a bribe in the cloak, 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
shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

21:17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man.
He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous;
the treacherous for 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 guards 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 are those who covet greedily all day long;
but the righteous give and don’t withhold.

21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination:
how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!

21:28 A false witness will perish,
and a man who listens speaks to eternity.

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 for the day of battle;
but victory is with Yahweh.

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