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Proverbs 21 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A king’s heart is like channeled water in the LORD’s hand:

He directs it wherever he chooses.

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All a person’s ways seem right to him,

but the LORD weighs hearts.

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Doing what is righteous and just

is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

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The lamp that guides the wicked —

haughty eyes and an arrogant heart ​— ​is sin.

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The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit,

but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.

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Making a fortune through a lying tongue

is a vanishing mist,[fn] a pursuit of death.[fn][fn]

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The violence of the wicked sweeps them away

because they refuse to act justly.

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A guilty one’s conduct is crooked,

but the behavior of the innocent is upright.

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Better to live on the corner of a roof

than to share a house with a nagging wife.

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A wicked person desires evil;

he has no consideration[fn] for his neighbor.

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When a mocker is punished,

the inexperienced become wiser;

when one teaches a wise man,

he acquires knowledge.

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The Righteous One[fn] considers the house of the wicked;

he brings the wicked to ruin.

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The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor

will himself also call out and not be answered.

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A secret gift soothes anger,

and a covert bribe, fierce rage.

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Justice executed is a joy to the righteous

but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

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The person who strays from the way of prudence

will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.

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The one who loves pleasure will become poor;

whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.

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The wicked are a ransom for the righteous,

and the treacherous, for[fn] the upright.

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Better to live in a wilderness

than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.

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Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,

but a fool consumes them.[fn]

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The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love

will find life, righteousness, and honor.

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A wise person went up against a city of warriors

and brought down its secure fortress.

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The one who guards his mouth and tongue

keeps himself out of trouble.

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The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,”

acts with excessive arrogance.

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A slacker’s craving will kill him

because his hands refuse to work.

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He is filled with craving[fn] all day long,

but the righteous give and don’t hold back.

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The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable ​—

how much more so

when he brings it with ulterior motives!

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A lying witness will perish,

but the one who listens will speak successfully.

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A wicked person puts on a bold face,

but the upright one considers his way.

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No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel

will prevail against the LORD.

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A horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but victory comes from the LORD.

CSB Footnotes
Or a breath blown away
Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg read a snare of death
Lit is vanity, ones seeking death
Or favor
Or righteous one
Or in place of
Lit it
Lit He craves a craving

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