Proverbs Chapter Twenty One

1: The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

3: To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

4: An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

5: The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

6: The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

7: :The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

8: The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

9: It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

10: The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

11: When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

12: The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

13: Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

14: A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

15: It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

16: The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17: He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

18: The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

19: It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20: There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21: He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

22: A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

23: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

24: Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

25: The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26: He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

27: The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

28: A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

29: A wicked man rdeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

30: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

31: The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.