English Revised Version

Proverbs 21

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

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

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