21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD like channels of water;
he turns it wherever he wants.
21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion,
but the LORD evaluates the motives.
21:3 To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –
the agricultural product of the wicked is sin.
21:5 The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty,
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
21:6 Making a fortune by a lying tongue is like a vapor driven back and forth;
they seek death.
21:7 The violence done by the wicked will drag them away
because they refuse to do what is right.
21:8 The way of the guilty person is devious,
but as for the pure, his way is upright.
21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop
than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.
21:10 The appetite of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor is shown no favor in his eyes.
21:11 When a scorner is punished, the naive becomes wise;
when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.
21:12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked;
he overthrows the wicked to their ruin.
21:13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
he too will cry out and will not be answered.
21:14 A gift given in secret subdues anger,
and a bribe given secretly subdues strong wrath.
21:15 Doing justice brings joy to the righteous
and terror to those who do evil.
21:16 The one who wanders from the way of wisdom
will end up in the company of the departed.
21:17 The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person;
whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich.
21:18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the faithless are taken in the place of the upright.
21:19 It is better to live in a desert land
than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked woman.
21:20 There is desirable treasure and olive oil in the dwelling of the wise,
but a foolish person devours all he has.
21:21 The one who pursues righteousness and love
finds life, bounty, and honor.
21:22 The wise person can scale the city of the mighty
and bring down the stronghold in which they trust.
21:23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps his life from troubles.
21:24 A proud and arrogant person, whose name is “Scoffer,”
acts with overbearing pride.
21:25 What the sluggard desires will kill him,
for his hands refuse to work.
21:26 All day long he craves greedily,
but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
21:27 The wicked person’s sacrifice is an abomination;
how much more when he brings it with evil intent!
21:28 A lying witness will perish,
but the one who reports accurately speaks forever.
21:29 A wicked person shows boldness with his face,
but as for the upright, he discerns his ways.
21:30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,
and there is no counsel against the LORD.
21:31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory is from the LORD.