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Proverbs 21 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:1 - The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD;
he guides it wherever he pleases.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:2 - People may be right in their own eyes,
but the LORD examines their heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:3 - The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just
than when we offer him sacrifices.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:4 - Haughty eyes, a proud heart,
and evil actions are all sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:5 - Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:6 - Wealth created by a lying tongue
is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:8 - The guilty walk a crooked path;
the innocent travel a straight road.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:9 - It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:10 - Evil people desire evil;
their neighbors get no mercy from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:11 - If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;
if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:12 - The Righteous One[fn] knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
he will bring disaster on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:13 - Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
will be ignored in their own time of need.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:14 - A secret gift calms anger;
a bribe under the table pacifies fury.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:15 - Justice is a joy to the godly,
but it terrifies evildoers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:16 - The person who strays from common sense
will end up in the company of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:17 - Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:18 - The wicked are punished in place of the godly,
and traitors in place of the honest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:19 - It’s better to live alone in the desert
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - The wise have wealth and luxury,
but fools spend whatever they get.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:21 - Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:22 - The wise conquer the city of the strong
and level the fortress in which they trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:23 - Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
and you will stay out of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:24 - Mockers are proud and haughty;
they act with boundless arrogance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
for their hands refuse to work.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:26 - Some people are always greedy for more,
but the godly love to give!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:27 - The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
especially when it is offered with wrong motives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:28 - A false witness will be cut off,
but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:29 - The wicked bluff their way through,
but the virtuous think before they act.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:30 - No human wisdom or understanding or plan
can stand against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:31 - The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the LORD.
NLT Footnotes
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads mist for those who seek death.
Or The righteous man.

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