Proverbs 21
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1The king's heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction he chooses.

2A person thinks everything he does is right, but the LORD weighs hearts.

3Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the LORD than offering a sacrifice.

4A conceited look and an arrogant attitude, which are the lamps of wicked people, are sins.

5The plans of a hard-working person lead to prosperity, but everyone who is [always] in a hurry ends up in poverty.

6Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death.

7The violence of wicked people will drag them away since they refuse to do what is just.

8The way of a guilty person is crooked, but the behavior of those who are pure is moral.

9Better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a home with a quarreling woman.

10The mind of a wicked person desires evil and has no consideration for his neighbor.

11When a mocker is punished, a gullible person becomes wise, and when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.

12A righteous person wisely considers the house of a wicked person. He throws wicked people into disasters.

13Whoever shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will call and not be answered.

14A gift [given] in secret calms anger, and a secret bribe calms great fury.

15When justice is done, a righteous person is delighted, but troublemakers are terrified.

16A person who wanders from the way of wise behavior will rest in the assembly of the dead.

17Whoever loves pleasure will become poor. Whoever loves wine and expensive food will not become rich.

18Wicked people become a ransom for righteous people, and treacherous people will take the place of decent people.

19Better to live in a desert than with a quarreling and angry woman.

20Costly treasure and wealth are in the home of a wise person, but a fool devours them.

21Whoever pursues righteousness and mercy will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22A wise man attacks a city of warriors and pulls down the strong defenses in which they trust.

23Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

24An arrogant, conceited person is called a mocker. His arrogance knows no limits.

25The desire of a lazy person will kill him because his hands refuse to work.

26All day long he feels greedy, but a righteous person gives and does not hold back.

27The sacrifice of wicked people is disgusting, especially if they bring it with evil intent.

28A lying witness will die, but a person who listens to advice will continue to speak.

29A wicked person puts up a bold front, but a decent person's way of life is his own security.

30No wisdom, no understanding, and no advice [can stand up] against the LORD.

31The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.

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