Proverbs 20

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The Proverbs

Chapter 21

1

The king's heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth55 it whithersoever he will.4

2

Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth6 the hearts.

3

To do2 justice and judgment [is] more acceptable12 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] hasty5 only to want.

6

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue [is] a vanity tossed to and fro12 of them that seek18 death.

7

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy4 them; because they refuse14 to do2 judgment.

8

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

9

[It is] better to dwell2 in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling 4066 woman in a wide house.

10

The soul of the wicked desireth14 evil: his neighbour findeth no favour90 in his eyes.

11

When the scorner5 is punished,2 the simple is made wise:4 and when the wise is instructed,53 he receiveth4 knowledge.

12

The righteous [man] wisely considereth56 the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth18 the wicked for [their] wickedness.

13

Whoso stoppeth5 his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry4 himself, but shall not be heard.11

14

A gift in secret pacifieth4 anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

15

[It is] joy to the just to do2 judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers6 of iniquity.

16

The man that wandereth6 out of the way of understanding53 shall remain4 in the congregation of the dead.

17

He that loveth6 pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth6 wine and oil shall not be rich.55

18

The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor6 for the upright.

19

[It is] better to dwell2 in the wilderness, 4057 than with a contentious 4066 and an angry woman.

20

[There is] treasure to be desired12 and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.17

21

He that followeth6 after righteousness and mercy findeth4 life, righteousness, and honour.

22

A wise [man] scaleth1 the city of the mighty, and casteth down55 the strength of the confidence thereof.

23

Whoso keepeth6 his mouth and his tongue keepeth6 his soul from troubles.

24

Proud [and] haughty scorner5 [is] his name, who dealeth6 in proud wrath.

25

The desire of the slothful killeth55 him; for his hands refuse14 to labour.2

26

He coveteth98 greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth4 and spareth4 not.

27

The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination: how much more, [when] he bringeth55 it with a wicked mind?

28

A false witness shall perish:4 but the man that heareth6 speaketh17 constantly.

29

A wicked man hardeneth52 his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth4 3559 55 his way.

30

[There is] no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

31

The horse [is] prepared94 against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD.

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