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Proverbs 21 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:1 - In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:2 - A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:3 - To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:5 - The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:6 - A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:8 - The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:9 - Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:10 - The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:11 - When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:12 - The Righteous One[fn] takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:13 - Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:15 - When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:16 - Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:17 - Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:18 - The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:19 - Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:21 - Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity[fn] and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:22 - One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:23 - Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:24 - The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:26 - All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:27 - The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:28 - A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:29 - The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:30 - There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:31 - The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
NIV Footnotes
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death
Or The righteous person
Or righteousness

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