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Proverbs 21 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:1 - The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
he turns it wherever he will.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:2 - Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:3 - To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
the lamp[fn] of the wicked, are sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:5 - The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:6 - The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:8 - The way of the guilty is crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:9 - It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:10 - The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:11 - When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;
when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:12 - The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
he throws the wicked down to ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:13 - Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A gift in secret averts anger,
and a concealed bribe,[fn] strong wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:15 - When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:16 - One who wanders from the way of good sense
will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:17 - Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;
he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:18 - The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
and the traitor for the upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:19 - It is better to live in a desert land
than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,
but a foolish man devours it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:21 - Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:22 - A wise man scales the city of the mighty
and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:23 - Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:24 - “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
who acts with arrogant pride.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The desire of the sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:26 - All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:27 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:28 - A false witness will perish,
but the word of a man who hears will endure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:29 - A wicked man puts on a bold face,
but the upright gives thought to[fn] his ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:30 - No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
can avail against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:31 - The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the LORD.
ESV Footnotes
Or the plowing
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death
Hebrew a bribe in the bosom
Or establishes

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