Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search NASB20
Your Bible Version is the NASB20
Go to Top
Link to This Page Cite This Page
Share this page Follow the BLB
Printable Page
Left Context Bar Edge 1Left Context Bar BackgroundLeft Context Bar Edge 2Previous BookPrevious ChapterQuick NavNext ChapterNext BookCopy VersesCopy OptionsShow StrongsFormat by Verse or ParagraphListen to the BibleRed Letter OnRight Context Bar Edge 2Right Context Bar BackgroundRight Context Bar Edge 1
The Blue Letter Bible

Proverbs 21 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Listen to the Bible

On Life and Conduct

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:1 - The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
He turns it wherever He pleases.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:2 - Every person’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD examines the hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:3 - To do righteousness and justice
Is preferred by the LORD more than sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:5 - The plans of the diligent certainly lead to advantage,
But everyone who is in a hurry certainly comes to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:6 - The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the [fn]pursuit of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
Because they refuse to act with justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:8 - The way of a guilty person is crooked,
But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:9 - It is better to live on a corner of a roof
Than [fn]in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:10 - The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor is shown no compassion in his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:11 - When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:12 - The [fn]righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Bringing the wicked to ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:13 - One who shuts his ear to the outcry of the poor
Will also call out himself, and not be answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe [fn]in an inside pocket, strong wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:15 - The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But terror to those who practice injustice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:16 - A person who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the [fn]dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:17 - One who loves pleasure will become a poor person;
One who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:18 - The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:19 - It is better to live in a desert land
Than with a contentious and irritating woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is precious treasure and oil in the home of the wise,
But a foolish person swallows it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:21 - One who pursues righteousness and loyalty
Finds life, righteousness, and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:22 - A wise person scales the city of the mighty
And brings down the [fn]stronghold in which they trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:23 - One who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:24 - “Proud,” “Arrogant,” “Scoffer,” are his names,
One who acts with insolent pride.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The desire of the [fn]lazy one puts him to death,
For his hands refuse to work;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:26 - All day long he [fn]is craving,
While 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 a person who listens will speak forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:29 - A wicked person [fn]displays a bold face,
But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:30 - There is no wisdom, no understanding,
And no [fn]plan against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:31 - The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But the victory belongs to the LORD.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit seekers
Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
Or Righteous One
Lit a fold in a robe; i.e., secretly
Lit departed spirits
Lit strength of trust
Lit idle
Lit desires desire
Lit makes firm with his face
Or advice

New American Standard Bible 2020
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
All rights reserved

The "NASB," "NAS," "New American Standard Bible," and "New American Standard" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by The Lockman Foundation. Use of these trademarks requires the permission of The Lockman Foundation.

For Permission To Quote visit

For more information on this translation, see the NASB20 Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search NASB20

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search NASB20

Let's Connect
Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Donate Contact

Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization