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Proverbs 21

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21:1 The king's heart in the hands of the Lord is like the water streams, and by him it is turned in any direction at his pleasure.

21:2 Every way of a man seems right to himself, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.

21:3 To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering.

21:4 A high look and a heart of pride, *** of the evil-doer is sin.

21:5 The purposes of the man of industry have their outcome only in wealth; but one who is over-quick in acting will only come to be in need.

21:6 He who gets stores of wealth by a false tongue, is going after what is only breath, and searching for death.

21:7 By their violent acts the evil-doers will be pulled away, because they have no desire to do what is right.

21:8 Twisted is the way of him who is full of crime; but as for him whose heart is clean, his work is upright.

21:9 It is better to be living in an angle of the house-top, than with a bitter-tongued woman in a wide house.

21:10 The desire of the evil-doer is fixed on evil: he has no kind feeling for his neighbour.

21:11 When the man of pride undergoes punishment, the simple man gets wisdom; and by watching the wise he gets knowledge.

21:12 The Upright One, looking on the house of the evil-doer, lets sinners be overturned to their destruction.

21:13 He whose ears are stopped at the cry of the poor, will himself get no answer to his cry for help.

21:14 By a secret offering wrath is turned away, and the heat of angry feelings by money in the folds of the robe.

21:15 It is a joy to the good man to do right, but it is destruction to the workers of evil.

21:16 The wanderer from the way of knowledge will have his resting-place among the shades.

21:17 The lover of pleasure will be a poor man: the lover of wine and oil will not get wealth.

21:18 The evil-doer will be given as a price for the life of the good man, and the worker of deceit in the place of the upright.

21:19 It is better to be living in a waste land, than with a bitter-tongued and angry woman.

21:20 There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man.

21:21 He who goes after righteousness and mercy will get life, righteousness, and honour.

21:22 A wise man goes up into the town of the strong ones, and overcomes its strength in which they put their faith.

21:23 He who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

21:24 The man of pride, lifted up in soul, is named high-hearted; he is acting in an outburst of pride.

21:25 The desire of the hater of work is death to him, for his hands will do no work.

21:26 All the day the sinner goes after his desire: but the upright man gives freely, keeping nothing back.

21:27 The offering of evil-doers is disgusting: how much more when they give it with an evil purpose!

21:28 A false witness will be cut off, ...

21:29 The evil-doer makes his face hard, but as for the upright, he gives thought to his way.

21:30 Wisdom and knowledge and wise suggestions are of no use against the Lord.

21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of war, but power to overcome is from the Lord.