The Book of Proverbs



Proverbs, Chapter 21


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


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


To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.


An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

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

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

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

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

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A wicked man hardeneth his face: but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way.


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


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

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