Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 21

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 21:1 The kynges heart is in the hand of the Lord, lyke as are the riuers of water, he maye turne it whyther soeuer he wyll. Proverbs 21:2 Euery mans way seemeth right in his owne eyes: but the Lorde pondereth the heart. Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousnes and iudgement, is more acceptable to the Lorde then sacrifice. Proverbs 21:4 An high looke, a proude heart, and the plowing of the vngodly is sinne. Proverbs 21:5 The deuises of one that is diligent, bring plenteousnesse: but he that is vnaduised, commeth vnto pouertie. Proverbs 21:6 To hoorde vp riches with a deceiptfull tongue, is vanitie tossed to and fro of them that seeke death. Proverbs 21:7 The robberies of the vngodly shalbe their owne destruction: for they wyll not do the thing that is right. Proverbs 21:8 The way of the vngodly is frowarde and straunge: but of the pure man his worke is right. Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwel in a corner on the house toppe, then with a brawling woman in a wide house. Proverbs 21:10 The soule of the vngodly wisheth euyll, and his neighbour findeth no fauour in his eyes. Proverbs 21:11 When the scornefull is punished, the ignoraunt take the better heede: and when the wyse is instructed, he wyll receaue vnderstanding. Proverbs 21:12 The righteous man wysely considereth the house of the wicked, and for their wickednesse [God] ouerthroweth the vngodly. Proverbs 21:13 Who so stoppeth his eares at the crying of the poore, he shall crye hym selfe and not be hearde. Proverbs 21:14 A priuie rewarde pacifieth displeasure: and a gyft in the bosome [stylleth] furiousnesse. Proverbs 21:15 The iust delighteth in doing the thing that is right: but destruction shalbe to the workers of wickednesse. Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of wysdome, shall remaine in the congregation of the dead. Proverbs 21:17 He that hath pleasure in bankettes shalbe a poore man: and whoso delighteth in wyne and delicates, shall not be riche. Proverbs 21:18 The vngodly shalbe a raunsome for the righteous: and the wicked for the iust. Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wyldernesse, then with a chydyng and an angrye woman. Proverbs 21:20 In a wise mans house there is a great treasure and oyle: but a foolishe body spendeth vp all. Proverbs 21:21 Who so foloweth righteousnesse and mercy, findeth both life, righteousnesse, and honour. Proverbs 21:22 A wyse man skaleth the citie of the mightie, & ouerthroweth the strength wherein they trusted. Proverbs 21:23 Who so kepeth his mouth and his tongue, the same kepeth his soule from troubles. Proverbs 21:24 He that is proude and arrogant; is called a scorner, whiche in his wrath worketh presumptuously. Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slouthfull kylleth him: for his handes wyll not labour. Proverbs 21:26 He coueteth greedyly all day long: but the righteous geueth and spareth not. Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the vngodly is abhomination: howe muche more when they offer the thing that is gotten with wickednesse? Proverbs 21:28 A false witnesse shall perishe: but [a good] man speaketh constantly what he hath hearde. Proverbs 21:29 An vngodly man hardeneth his face: but the iust refourmeth his owne way. Proverbs 21:30 There is no wysdome, there is no vnderstanding, there is no counsayle against the Lorde. Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battayle: but the Lorde geueth victorie.

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