Proverbs 21
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1The heart of a king [is] streams of waters in the hand of YHWH, || He inclines it wherever He pleases.

2Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, || And YHWH is pondering hearts.

3To do righteousness and judgment, || Is chosen of YHWH rather than sacrifice.

4Loftiness of eyes, and breadth of heart, || Tillage of the wicked [is] sin.

5The purposes of the diligent [are] only to advantage, || And of every hasty one, only to want.

6The making of treasures by a lying tongue, || [Is] a vanity driven away of those seeking death.

7The spoil of the wicked catches them, || Because they have refused to do judgment.

8The way of a man who is vile [is] contrary, || And the pure—his work [is] upright.

9Better to sit on a corner of the roof, || Than [with] a woman of contentions and a house of company.

10The soul of the wicked has desired evil, his neighbor is not gracious in his eyes.

11When the scorner is punished, the simple becomes wise, || And in giving understanding to the wise He receives knowledge.

12The Righteous One is acting wisely || Toward the house of the wicked, || He is overthrowing the wicked for wickedness.

13Whoever is shutting his ear from the cry of the poor, || He also cries, and is not answered.

14A gift in secret pacifies anger, || And a bribe in the bosom—strong fury.

15To do justice [is] joy to the righteous, || But ruin to workers of iniquity.

16A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, || Rests in an assembly of Rephaim.

17Whoever [is] loving mirth [is] a poor man, || Whoever is loving wine and oil makes no wealth.

18The wicked [is] an atonement for the righteous, || And the treacherous dealer for the upright.

19Better to dwell in a wilderness land, || Than [with] a woman of contentions and anger.

20A treasure to be desired, and oil, || [Is] in the habitation of the wise, || And a foolish man swallows it up.

21Whoever is pursuing righteousness and kindness, || Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

22The wise has gone up a city of the mighty, || And brings down the strength of its confidence.

23Whoever is keeping his mouth and his tongue, || Is keeping his soul from adversities.

24Proud, haughty, scorner—his name, || Who is working in the wrath of pride.

25The desire of the slothful slays him, || For his hands have refused to work.

26All the day desiring he has desired, || And the righteous gives and does not withhold.

27The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination, || Much more when he brings it in wickedness.

28A false witness perishes, || And an attentive man speaks forever.

29A wicked man has hardened by his face, || And the upright—he prepares his way.

30There is no wisdom, nor understanding, || Nor counsel against YHWH.

31A horse is prepared for a day of battle, || And the deliverance [is] of YHWH!

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