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Proverbs 21

21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will. 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts. 21:3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice. 21:4 A high look, and a proud heart, [Even] the lamp of the wicked, is sin. 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty [hasteth] only to want. 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death. 21:7 The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice. 21:8 The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right. 21:9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house. 21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: His neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. 21:11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 21:12 The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin. 21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard. 21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath. 21:15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead. 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous [cometh] in the stead of the upright. 21:19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman. 21:20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up. 21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor. 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles. 21:24 The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He worketh in the arrogance of pride. 21:25 The desire of the sluggard killeth him; For his hands refuse to labor. 21:26 There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind! 21:28 A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure. 21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways. 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah. 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Jehovah.

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