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Proverbs 21 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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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 wishes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:2 - Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:3 - To do righteousness and justice
Is desired 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 lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely 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 drag them away,
Because they refuse to act with justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:8 - The way of a guilty man is crooked,
But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:9 - It is better to live in 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 finds no favor in his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:11 - When the scoffer is punished, the [fn]naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:12 - The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Turning the wicked to ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:13 - He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:15 - The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But is terror to the workers of iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:16 - A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the [fn]dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:17 - He who loves pleasure will become a poor man;
He 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 vexing woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man swallows it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:21 - He who pursues righteousness and loyalty
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:22 - A wise man scales the city of the mighty
And brings down the [fn]stronghold in which they trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:23 - He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:24 - “Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names,
Who acts with insolent pride.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The desire of the sluggard 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 the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:29 - A wicked man [fn]displays a bold face,
But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:30 - There is no wisdom and no understanding
And no counsel against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:31 - The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But victory belongs to the LORD.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: seekers
Literally: with a woman of contentions and a house of association
Literally: simple
Literally: departed spirits
Literally: strength of trust
Literally: desires desire
Literally: makes firm with his face

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